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Update: Academy Street fire believed to be arson

A house caught fire in the early morning of Tuesday, April 8 on South Academy Street. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

A house caught fire in the early morning of Tuesday, April 8 on South Academy Street. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

Local fire officials have ruled last Tuesday’s early morning fire on South Academy Street — near the Knox College softball field — to be an act of arson, according to a press release.

Just after midnight Tuesday, the home at 472 S. Academy St. was engulfed in flames. According to officials, the house was beyond saving by the time GFD arrived on the scene.

Chief Tom Simkins told TKS last week that there were no working gas or electricity lines in the home, which raised some red flags about the cause.

Read the original story here.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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