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Another suspicious fire in St. Francois County

(Source: Christy Millweard) (Source: Christy Millweard)
(Source: Christy Millweard) (Source: Christy Millweard)
(Source: Christy Millweard) (Source: Christy Millweard)

There have been five suspicious fires in St. Francois County in just a few weeks.

"Very suspicious nature," said Goose Creek Fire Chief Bob Reeves.

That’s how Reeves describes the house fire Thursday morning in the small community.

"I think it was different because everything went down to the basement so quickly," said Reeves.

Reeves said they don’t see structure fires in the area often. In fact this was the first in three years.

"Hopefully just a fluke of nature but I'm not going to say it's not," said Reeves.

Reeves said they think the fire started in the basement. They don’t know what caused the fire at this time, but he said it looks like it spread quickly.

Reeves said no one was living in the home and it was up for sale.

"All the furniture was out of it so it was just a vacant house," said Reeves.

That’s a similar story for the previous burned buildings in the county.

"If there is some person starting fires in the area I am concerned because it was so close to our home," said Kip E. Whaley.

Whaley lives down the road from the Goose Creek burned home. He said he didn’t hear about the fire until Thursday afternoon.

"I'm not for sure I didn't know about it, I was asleep," said Whaley.

Since all the burned buildings have been vacant, Whaley said he isn’t too concerned.

But Thursday morning’s fire is still too close for comfort.

"There is a concern, but if it's only happened to places where there have been vacant homes or nobody has lived in the home for awhile then I'm not too concerned, but I am concerned that it happened so close," said Whaley.

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