Champaign Police, Fire Departments Investigating Two Recent Fires as Arson

On Friday, June 11, 2021, at approximately 11:10 p.m., the Champaign Police and Fire Departments responded to a garage fire at a home at 8 Sherwood Ct. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire using a fire extinguisher. There were no firefighter or occupant injuries, and the occupants were not displaced as a result of the fire.

On Saturday, June 12, 2021, at approximately 1:02 a.m., the Champaign Fire Department responded to a fire at a single-story home at 7 Meadow Ct. Firefighters deployed multiple hose lines and extinguished the fire. There were no firefighter or occupant injuries reported and the occupants were displaced as a result of the damage. Champaign Police responded to the incident to assist Firefighters.

Following a scene examination, evidence collection and witness statements obtained in conjunction with Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, both fires were determined to be incendiary.  The Champaign Police Department with cooperation by Champaign Fire Investigators are now investigating these fires as Arson.

On June 1, 2021, the home at 7 Meadow Ct. was struck multiple times by gunfire. No injuries were reported to police. Investigators are exploring if there is a connection between the shots fired incident and the residential fire at the location.

No arrests have been made at this time and both investigations are ongoing. Future updates may be provided as they become available.

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