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Fire in West Frankfort damages five homes

UPDATED 10:45 a.m. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

West Frankfort Police tell News 3 that a suspect has been interviewed in the case, but no arrests have been made. 

UPDATED 8:51 a.m. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a house fire that spread and damaged four other homes. West Frankfort Fire Captain Derek Sailliez says a suspect is being questioned, but no charges have yet been filed. 

West Frankfort firefighters arrived to the home at 1108 E. Lindell Street around 3:20 a.m. Monday. Sailliez says when crews arrived flames were 100 feet in the air and moving across the street. 

The home was destroyed in the blaze. 

Mayor Tom Jordan told News 3 that it had been condemned by the city and was set to be demolished in the coming weeks. 

The house fire spread to the neighbors on each side of it. One home, owned by a Marine veteran, sustained major damage.

The other home is being rented by a family. That home had damage to the attic, kitchen and a bedroom, but according to Sailliez, will only need minor repairs. 

Meanwhile, two homes across the street had minor damage to their siding. 

Several fire departments were on scene. Those include West Frankfort, Benton, Johnston City, Zeigler, Williamson County, Carterville, Herrin, West City and Buckner. 

UPDATE: 5:45 A.M. 09/23/2019: West Frankfort mayor Tom Jordan tells News 3 the home that was destroyed in Monday’s fire was condemned and scheduled to be demolished in the coming weeks.

There was also no power or gas going to the home. 


WEST FRANKFORT (WSIL) — Several fire departments were working a large structure fire in West Frankfort early Monday morning. 

One house in the 1100 block of E. Lindell St. is a total loss, and the fire spread to at least two other nearby houses.  

The extent of the damage on those neighboring houses is unclear at this time, though the blaze was under control as of 5:00 a.m. 

There is also no word yet on any possibly injuries.

News 3 has a reporter on the scene and we will provide more details as they become available.

This story will be updated. 

News 3

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