Cairo fires starting again.
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Cairo, IL

#123 Nov 2, 2010
curious wrote:
It still remains for the police department to make the arrest so it stands to reason that while they may not conduct the investigation into the cause of the fire, they should, and would, be responsible for finding and apprehending the criminal.
This "excuse me" attitude for not doing the job is beyond getting old
You are right on. The fire department assists in determining the cause and origin of the fire. Interviewing suspects is the responsibility of law enforcement.
guest 2

Cairo, IL

#124 Jan 20, 2011
http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp...

House fire in Cairo

Posted: Jan 20, 2011 4:10 PM CST
Updated: Jan 20, 2011 8:20 PM CST
Click image to enlargeCAIRO, IL (KFVS)- Firefighters fought a house fire in the 500 block of 21st Street in Cairo, according to the Alexander County Sheriff's Department.

Crews were called out at 3:50 p.m.

Fire Chief John Meyer says this is the second time this property has burned. He says it first burned in the Fall of 2010.

Meyer is calling this a suspicious fire, says now there are people of interest.

The homeowner says he did have plans to remodel, but will now have to start over.
guest 2

Cairo, IL

#125 Jan 20, 2011
Here we go again.....
guest

Cairo, IL

#126 Jan 21, 2011
Yep unquestionably suspicious.
Browsing

Cairo, IL

#127 Jan 21, 2011
So, this was a "Refire", to coin a term.

I thought they had said the first fire rendered the house unrepairable so I was surprised to hear that the homeoner planned to remodel. I hope he's able to find another home soon.
scared

United States

#128 Jan 21, 2011
guest wrote:
Yep unquestionably suspicious.
it only ben years this been goin on when r they goin do somethin.
why

Carbondale, IL

#129 Jan 21, 2011
Why not get some of the cops off the interstate and have them walk the streets. There are not too many fires on the interstate. With all the money made on the Interstate why not have some cops walking and I mean Walking the streets. With all these fires with no suspects, it sure sounds like someone from the fire or police department is behind these fires.
outside

Springfield, MO

#130 Jan 21, 2011
do not worry they are being investigated by our fire marashall in association with the states attorney arrests are imminent
what

Davenport, IA

#131 Jan 21, 2011
Fires have been rampant for years in Cairo with noone having a clue. Now when someone says it sounds like someone in the police department or Fire Department then we get arrests are going to be made soon. I think maybe this fellow is close to the truth
good question

United States

#132 Jan 21, 2011
why wrote:
Why not get some of the cops off the interstate and have them walk the streets. There are not too many fires on the interstate. With all the money made on the Interstate why not have some cops walking and I mean Walking the streets. With all these fires with no suspects, it sure sounds like someone from the fire or police department is behind these fires.
Why not? Because the residents do not demand protection. In other communities where residents are active, the police are on bicycles.
Another one

Cairo, IL

#133 Jan 21, 2011
Fire Dept just called out to structure fire at 33rd & Park.
curious myself

Cairo, IL

#134 Jan 22, 2011
caldwell will not solve a dang thang. why would he when it would mean that his grandson would end up doing time? get real people, the cops can't be everywhere. watch your neighborhoods, notice who is supposed to be there and who isn't, write down license plates and keep alert. we are the ones in charge of our own safety.
good question

United States

#135 Jan 22, 2011
curious myself wrote:
caldwell will not solve a dang thang. why would he when it would mean that his grandson would end up doing time? get real people, the cops can't be everywhere. watch your neighborhoods, notice who is supposed to be there and who isn't, write down license plates and keep alert. we are the ones in charge of our own safety.
Yes, but then what do we do with that information?
good question

United States

#136 Jan 22, 2011
outside wrote:
do not worry they are being investigated by our fire marashall in association with the states attorney arrests are imminent
When I read this, I thought you were serious. But, from the judging, I take it no arrests are imminent. Maybe they could do that arrest and release thing like they did with the CPU building and at least let us feel good for a day.
good question

United States

#137 Jan 22, 2011
curious myself wrote:
caldwell will not solve a dang thang. why would he when it would mean that his grandson would end up doing time? get real people, the cops can't be everywhere. watch your neighborhoods, notice who is supposed to be there and who isn't, write down license plates and keep alert. we are the ones in charge of our own safety.
Why would his grandson end up doing time? Does he live in Cairo?

bad record

Cairo, IL

#138 Jan 22, 2011
http://www.semissourian.com/story/1697104.htm...

Abandoned house in Cairo destroyed in fire
Friday, January 21, 2011

By M.D. Kittle ~ Southeast Missourian

CAIRO, Ill.-- For Cairo firefighters, it's becoming a broken record.

On Thursday afternoon, crews battled another blaze in the 500 block of 21st Street, where flames ate through what remained of a vacant home that had sustained fire damage on at least two separate occasions last fall.

"They tried to finish it off," said Cairo Fire Captain Brandon Manker. "This is the third time they tried to burn it, and they completely finished it this time."

Firefighters were called to the blaze at 525 21st St. about 3:30 p.m.

They remained at the scene for hours.

In October, the property had been damaged in a fire that destroyed a home next door, which was occupied at the time, Manker said. The residences were separated by about three feet.

An official with the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office, the investigating agency, said the fire is suspicious, and it appears to be incendiary.

"There were no utilities going into that house, no natural gas, no electricity. There's only one way the fire could have started," said Louis Pukelis, spokesman for the Fire Marshal's Office. He said he couldn't confirm reports that investigators have a "person of interest" in the case.

The motive remains a question, Pukelis said.

"We know that there was no insurance on the house, so it's not like it was torched for the insurance. So there is no motive from that respect," the spokesman said.

Manker said lumber and wire had been stripped from the property.

Arson has been a repeating theme in the impoverished Southern Illinois city at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The Illinois Fire Marshal's Office investigated nearly 50 arson fires in Cairo between Sept. 8, 2007 and Oct. 28, 2010, according to documents obtained by the Southeast Missourian. Records show fire marshals investigated at least seven fires of undermined nature over the period. Manker said the fire department has been called to 15 to 20 arson fires over the past year.

"Arson is one of the hardest crimes to prove," Cairo police chief Gary Hankins told the Southeast Missourian following an arson earlier this month. "A lot of physical evidence gets burned up, and there are not a lot of eyewitnesses."

Manker said it's difficult to explain why so much of Cairo has burned over the past few years, but he has some theories.

"Some of it's retaliation, domestic, just some pissed off people," he said. "Some of it, I think, is just for the joy of it. Nothing indicates a pattern or a profile, because it has been so sporadic. There's just no answer to it."

Whatever the reason, the fire captain said the timing of the fires couldn't be worse.

"I sure as hell would find better times of the year for it to be done," Manker said. "They're setting these fires in the hottest part of the summer or they wait until it's 10 degrees outside."

Cairo firefighters have been injured battling some of the fires. Manker warns that even minor injuries can ramp up charges in arson fires, to aggravated arson or even attempted murder, each carrying lengthy prison sentences.
bad record

Cairo, IL

#139 Jan 22, 2011
Fires intentionally set in Cairo from Sept. 2007 to Oct. 2010

Sept. 8, 2007: 432 Union St., residential

Sept. 9, 2007: 3513 Elm St., residential

Sept. 14, 2007: 1100 Poplar St., other

Sept. 16, 2007: Route 1 Box 400, business

Sept. 17, 2007: vehicle at 511 30th St.

Oct. 1, 2007: 724 15th St., business

Jan. 28, 2008: 431 10th St., residential

Feb. 7, 2008: 4201 Sycamore St., educational

March 25, 2008: 2514 Poplar, residential

April 9, 2008: vehicle in the 400 block of 11th Street

May 3, 2008: 621 W. 21st St., residential

May 8, 2008: 826 26th St., residential

June 12, 2008: 314 24th St., residential

July 13, 2008: 704 22nd St., residential

July 21, 2008: 2117 Pine St., residential

July 22, 2008: 2207 Pine St., residential

July 23, 2008: vehicle fire at 321 McBride St.

July 26, 2008: vehicle fire at 3901 Sycamore St.

July 26, 2008: 2207 Pine St., residential

Aug. 2, 2008: 321 McBride St., residential

Oct. 25, 2008: 330 3rd St., residential

Oct. 28, 2008: 212 14th St., residential

Dec. 9, 2008: 625 21st St., residential

April 17, 2009: vehicle fire at 428 27th St.

May 4, 2009: vehicle fire at 428 27th St.

May 23, 2009: 428 27th St., residential

May 23, 2009: vehicle fire in the 100 block of McBride Street

June 29, 2009: 326 32nd St., residential

June 30, 2009: 328 25th St., residential

Aug. 14, 2009: 2614 Poplar St., residential

Aug. 15, 2009: 3312 Poplar St., residential

Sept. 3, 2009: 1000 Commercial St., other

Sept. 6, 2009: 2202 Martin Luther King Drive, residential

Sept. 14, 2009: 515 22nd St., residential

Oct. 7, 2009: vehicle at 1813 Washington Ave.

Nov. 16, 2009: 628 37th St., residential

Jan. 17, 2010: 3214 Sycamore St., residential

Feb. 19, 2010: 3615 Elm St., residential

April 13, 2010: 417 31st St., residential

April 14, 2010: 2401 Poplar St., business

May 2, 2010: 1808 Commercial Ave., residential

May 23, 2010: 327 33rd St., residential

July 1, 2010: 2004 Cedar St., residential

July 27, 2010: 609 Washington Ave., hotel/motel

Sept. 6, 2010: 2214 Martin Luther King Drive, residential

Oct. 20, 2010: vehicle at Fort Defiance

Oct. 24, 2010: 212 McBride St., residential

Oct. 28, 2010: 525 21st St., residential

Source:

Illinois State Fire Marshal
bad record

Cairo, IL

#140 Jan 22, 2011
That's not counting Hong Kong & next 2 building.

Then the building next to the old trolly building this year.

The brick house on 14th street this year.
stupid question

United States

#141 Jan 22, 2011
Why isn't the state attorney general involved in this? Can a complaint be filed with her office?

Any idea how many of these were insured?

Got to give Manker credit for being honest. He and we know (so says the street) some of the fires were retaliation.
good question

United States

#142 Jan 22, 2011
BTW, what happened with the Chinese couple? Are they opening Nonny's?

Did anyone ever hear if any of the buildings were insured?

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