Champaign Police, Fire Departments Investigating Recent Fires

The Champaign Police and Fire Departments are seeking the public’s help in investigating multiple incidents occurring since July 7th of deliberately set fires resulting in property damage. Most incidents have occurred in the late night or early morning hours, typically between 2:00 and 5:00 am. Dates and addresses for these incidents include:

July 7th, Hessel Park, 1400 Grandview Dr., East side playground
July 9th, Hessel Park, 1400 Grandview Dr., East side under the gazebo
July 13th, Hessel Park, 1400 Grandview Dr., East and North sides of the park
July 13th, Eisner Park, 1301 W Church St., Near the tennis court
July 19th, Zahnd Park, 2502 S. Staley Rd., Near the concession stand
July 23rd, Robeson Meadows West Park, 2865 S. Duncan Rd., Multiple small fires on the West side
July 24th, 2500 Block of Galen drive, Private property involving a boat near Noel Park
July 24th, Turnberry Ridge Park, 910 Cobblefield Rd., Garbage can near the center of the park
August 2nd, Millage Park, 2802 Cherry Creek Rd., Signpost and sign and picnic table on the West side
August 2nd, Robeson Meadows West Park, 2865 S. Duncan Rd., Signpost and sign on the East side

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

Champaign Police and Fire Departments ask that anyone who has additional information or nearby security footage with information possibly related to the investigation, to please contact police at 217-351-4545 or fire officials at 217-403-7200. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

Citizens are reminded that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.