Eight people and two dogs were displaced by a suspicious house fire in Lincoln Park early Friday, police said. Investigators are trying to determine if the blaze was intentionally set and, if it was, if the fire is connected to an earlier incident at the same address.
Officers initially responded to the 2400 block of North Clybourn around 12:40 a.m. after a 30-year-old man reported that an acquaintance put a gun to his head during an argument inside an apartment, CPD spokesperson Sally Bown said. Police arrested a 29-year-old man at the scene, according to Bown.
Then, at 2:51 a.m., a fire broke out at the same address. No injuries were reported, but the damage forced six adults, two children, and two animals from their homes, Bown said. The Red Cross was helping the victims find new housing.
CFD’s Office of Fire Investigation, which believes the blaze started on the rear porch of an apartment building then spread to a neighboring structure, asked CPD’s Bomb and Arson Unit to take over the case, she said. Officially, the cause of the fire remains undetermined.