(Standard Staff Report) – The Centralia Fire Department was reportedly called to its fifth suspicious fire on Sunday, Jan. 24.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a fire call in the 700 block of Johnson Street on the city’s northwest side. A metal garage had been engulfed in flames, and according to Tim Ferg, firefighters had a “difficult time” containing the fire. The garage was inside a gated area that had overgrown vegetation all around it.
According to WJBD Radio, the garage had two antique cars inside, a 1940 Ford and a 1957 Willy Jeep, which were both destroyed in the fire.
Most of the fires that the CFPD have recently responded to have been abandoned structures. The State’s Fire Marshall is also investigating other suspicious fires that occurred in the Centralia area, including: a vacant home in the 800 block of East Broadway near McDonald’s on Jan. 18 with damage mostly secured to the front porch; a small house in the 1200 block of South Cherry Street that had been condemned and designated for demolition and an apartment house fire on the corner of North Walnut and Conduit, both on Jan. 17; and an unoccupied mobile home in the 1000 block of Case Street on the southwest side of the city. The latter of which is reportedly being considered an arson.
No connection between the suspicious fires has been made. There have also been no named suspects or arrests.