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Early-morning fire destroys home in Fairview Heights

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The home that was destroyed by fire early Wednesday in Fairview Heights.
The home that was destroyed by fire early Wednesday in Fairview Heights.

An early-morning house fire destroyed a home in the 9700 block of Old Lincoln Trail, according to the Fairview-Caseyville Township Fire Protection District.

French Village Fire Department, O’Fallon Fire Department and Northwest Fire Department responded to help put out the flames in the vacant home. Signal Hill Fire Department manned the Fairview-Caseyville engine house while firefighters were battling the blaze.

The fire engulfed the home shortly before 1 a.m.

Fairview Fire Department Deputy Chief Bruce Green said a family used to reside at the home, but left after a drive-by shooting on their home March 22.

The shooting occurred shortly after midnight when one or more suspects fired multiple shots into the home, according to the Fairview Heights Police Department. No one was injured in the shooting. Detectives were investigating the shooting and working with the Illinois State Fire Marshal to investigate the fire.

“At this point in the investigation it is unclear if the two events are related,” the police department said in a news release.

An Illinois State Fire Marshal investigator was at the home later Wednesday morning attempting to determine a cause. He declined to speak with a reporter. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately clear, Green said.

Anyone with information regarding either the fire or the shooting can contact the Fairview Heights Police Department at 618-489-2100 or CrimeStoppers at 314-725-TIPS (8477). Crime tips can also be filed at www.fhpd.org.

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