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Red Cross aids family in suspected Magnolia St. arson

Arson was cited in two overnight house fires, including one where a couple’s dog is missing.

Battalion Fire Chief James Pacer said the fire at 708 Magnolia St., reported at 5:30 a.m. Friday on the dwelling’s front porch, was ignited by an incendiary device allegedly thrown there by someone upset over a soured business deal.

The man allegedly showed up Thursday evening to complain to the female occupant and was ordered off the property by her male companion.

Chief Pacer said he asked a fire investigator to look into the circumstances that led to the fire. No arrests were reported Friday.

Chief Pacer said two dogs were in the house; one was accounted for. The house was destroyed by the blaze, and what was left was to be razed.

The chief said the missing dog could have escaped in the chaos. The Red Cross offered shelter for the couple and their other dog.

In another call shortly after 3 a.m., crews responded to 992 W. Delaware where a boarded up, vacant home was burning. Battalion Fire Chief David Rodriguez said the fire was the work of an arsonist. He estimated damage at $10,000. A firefighter suffered an ankle injury while fighting the blaze.

Dormers concealed fire, making it necessary for firefighters to hack away at portions of the upper reaches to extinguish the blaze.

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