Arson is suspected in a house fire that destroyed one home and damaged two others on Sunday. The blaze broke out at a home in the 1100 block of E 7th Street that has been the target of thieves in recent weeks. The Alton Police Department reports at least one break in with items stolen and vandalism reported. The home appears to have been unoccupied at the time.
Fire Chief Bernie Sebold says they hope to get a better handle on what happened as soon as it is safe to explore what is left of the structure.
The homes that were either destroyed or damages are located near the intersection of E. 7th Street and Central Avenue, across from Hellrung Park.