Three suspicious fires in Ullin in past two weeks

By Heartland News

ULLIN, IL (KFVS) - Three fires in the last two weeks in Ullin, IL are being called suspicious.

Two mobile homes and one storage facility that used to be a church have been lost in the series of fires. No one has been injured in any of the fires.

"It's kind of nerve wrecking to know that we live so close to where things are catching fire," said Ullin resident Mariah Herron.

The most recent fire was the old church that was being used as a storage facility. The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday according to Ullin Fire Chief Kenny Wright. When firefighters got there, it was fully engulfed.

The fire destroyed the building, damaged a truck parked in the driveway and damaged the side of the house next door said Wright.

"We were in our house and heard some loud pops and walked out of our house and the church was on fire," said neighbor Aaron Bland.

The mobile home that caught fire last week was being destroyed Wednesday by the owners. There was no chance in saving the trailer. The owners have moved on.

The mobile home that caught fire around the end of June belonged to Darnell Bell's brother. "This happened in the middle of the day, about 3:30, 4 o'clock in the afternoon," said Bell.  "The fire department said lightning might have struck it, but I don't believe them."

Bell said his brother lost everything.

"It scares me, somebody might be setting these fires. I don't know," said Bell. "I think everybody should be watching out now, get their fire detectors on and make sure they're working."

"It's scary to actually think that something could catch on fire close to our house and our house would be gone too. I hope they figure out what's going on before another one happens," said Herron.

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