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Arson might have caused vacant house fire in Sterling

STERLING – A fire that began in the attic of a vacant house at 204 Ninth Ave. just before noon Tuesday might have been set.

Firefighters needed about 30 minutes to contain the fire, but were on scene a couple of hours longer securing the scene. No one was injured, and the home was not extensively damaged.

Sterling police and fire departments, and the state fire marshal’s office, are investigating its origins.

Anyone with information on the fire, or on anyone who may have been in the area, is asked to email tipline@sterling-il.gov or call police at 815-632-6640 or the anonymous reward hotline, Whiteside County Crime Stoppers, at 815-625-7867.

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