Suspected arson destroys vacant Beardstown home

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Family of seven displaced after fire’s heat ignites their home

  •  Beardstown firefighters redirect their water streams from the vacant burning house to the home at 406 E. 3rd Street in the attempt to save the house next door.  The two homes were separated by a distance of just a few feet, allowing heat and burning embers to ignite a fire in the attic space of the neighboring home.  No injuries were reported in the fire which remains under investigation by local authorities and the office of the State Fire Marshal.				       (Photo by Brian DeLoche)
    Beardstown firefighters redirect their water streams from the vacant burning house to the home at 406 E. 3rd Street in the attempt to save the house next door. The two homes were separated by a distance of just a few feet, allowing heat and burning embers to ignite a fire in the attic space of the neighboring home. No injuries were reported in the fire which remains under investigation by local authorities and the office of the State Fire Marshal. (Photo by Brian DeLoche)
    Local officials and the Office of the State Fire Marshal are investigating a fire that destroyed a vacant Beardstown home Thursday night, May 28, and forced a family of seven from their home next door.     Responding to a call of a structure fire at 3rd and Clay Streets at about 9:15 p.m, firefighters arrived on scene to find the front of the two-story home at 400 E. 3rd Street fully engulfed…

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