Neighbors Concerned After Pair of Rockford Arson Fires

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The Rockford Fire Dept. is investigating two fires that broke out early Tuesday morning on Charles Street.

The fires happened just four blocks apart and investigators believes they were set intentionally.

“Both of the fires were similar in nature, which leads us to believe they are related,” said Rockford Arson Investigator John McGee.

The fires happened at a vacant home in the 1600 block of Charles St. and another at a multi-family building in the 2000 block within seconds of arriving at the first call.  When fire crews arrived, they found both homes fully engulfed with flames.

“This is a big problem that we can hopefully get under control,” said McGee.

Three families in the apartment complex were displaced, but no one was hurt.  The Rockford Fire Dept. is now on the lookout for those responsible for the fires.

Randy Nicholson lives on Charles Street recalls hearing sirens early Tuesday morning.  He says he’s now taking extra precautions to make sure his house stays safe.

“We will be a little bit more aware of anyone that looks like they are getting close to the house,” said Nicholson.

Other neighbors now worried their home could be at risk in the middle of the night.

“It could happen again at an unknown time,” said neighbor Craig Moritz.

“I stay right down the street and it’s scary,” said  neighbor David Marshall.  “It could have been anybody.”

The Rockford Fire Department is asking anyone information related to these fires to come forward.

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