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Arson might have caused vacant house fire in Sterling

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
A firefighter works Tuesday in the upstairs of a vacant house at 204 Ninth Ave. in Sterling. Arson could be the cause of the fire that was set just before noon and took the department about 30 minutes to contain. 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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(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Firefighters bring in equipment at the scene of a vacant house fire at 204 Ninth Ave. on Tuesday 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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