Metropolis apartment building fire considered suspicious

Metropolis apartment fire under investigation

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - An apartment building fire early on Friday morning is considered suspicious.

According to the Metropolis Fire Department, they received a call about an apartment building fire on East 8th Street at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. They found a couch on fire and it was extinguished it by 9:13 p.m. The fire was contained to the couch area of an apartment that was supposed to be vacant, according to the manager.

Several crews assisted the Metropolis Fire Department for a suspicious fire at an apartment fire. (Source: Damien Heisner)
Several crews assisted the Metropolis Fire Department for a suspicious fire at an apartment fire. (Source: Damien Heisner)

Firefighters say they were called back out to the same apartment building at approximately 12:52 a.m. on Friday, March 15 for another fire. The second fire engulfed the entire roof in flames.

The complex consisted of 8 units and 2 were unoccupied. The fire leaves 6 families without homes.

The building is a total loss.

No one was injured in the fire.

Crews were on scene until around 5:15 a.m.

The fire is considered suspicious and the Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating.

Several departments assisted, including: the Massac County Fire Protection District, Joppa Fire Department, Massac EMS, Metropolis Police Department, Metropolis Fire Department, Brookport Fire Department and City of Paducah Fire Department.

The investigation is ongoing.

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