'Suspicious' Fire Destroys Apartment Building
By West Kentucky Star Staff
METROPOLIS - Authorities are investigating two fires at a Metropolis Apartment building that left six families homeless.

Metropolis Fire Chief Harry Masse said Metropolis firefighters responded to an apartment building at 1015 East 8th Street at 8:20 p.m. Thursday. Masse said firefighters contained the fire to the couch in an apartment that the manager told them was supposed to be vacant.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, fire crews were again called to the same location to a report of a much larger fire, which had engulfed the entire roof of the structure. 

Masse said all eight units in the building were destroyed, but there were no injuries to anyone who lived there. The building was a total loss.

The Metropolis Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Massac County, Brookport, Joppa and Paducah Fire Departments.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal is investigating the incident, which officials are calling suspicious in nature.

Published 03:27 PM, Friday Mar. 15, 2019
Updated 10:22 AM, Saturday Mar. 16, 2019

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