Uptown: Two suspicious fires eyed by arson investigators

Approximate locations of this week’s fires. 

Chicago police are investigating two possible arson fires that were reported about two blocks apart in the Uptown neighborhood this week. No one has been injured in the fires which were isolated to individual units in apartment buildings, police said.

Around 10:55 p.m. on Oct. 7th, officers and fire personnel responded to a fire in an apartment building in the 900 block of West Eastwood. A police spokesperson said “the fire appears to be arson” and is an on-going investigation.

Then, at 10:50 p.m. on Oct. 10th, emergency teams responded to a fire in an apartment building in the 800 block of West Lakeside place. Firemen traced the source of the fire to an ignited oven that had been filled with “miscellaneous items,” police said. No one was inside the apartment at the time of the fire. This incident also remains under investigation.

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