Investigators are working to determine whether an early-morning fire that destroyed a vacant home was deliberately set.
Tri-State Fire Protection District firefighters were called to assist the Willow Springs Fire Department at a structure fire at 8500 Willow Springs Road at 5:38 a.m. Sept. 13, Tri-State Deputy Chief Jack Mancione said.
Upon arrival firefighters found the vacant home, which is owned by the Pleasant Dale Park District, with fire through the roof. Eight neighboring departments were called to assist. No injuries were reported.
Willow Springs Deputy Fire Chief Robert Brown said the investigation has been turned over to Willow Springs police.
Pleasant Dale Park Board President Kevin Burke said the home had been boarded up the day before the fire after someone broke in through the front door.
“We’ve had a couple of incidents when people have broken into it,” Burke said.
He said the house, which sits on a parcel commonly known as the Hess property, likely will be demolished when the investigation into the fire is complete.
Burke said the property has been owned by the park district for several years. Park officials had talked of turning the property into a dog park if funding became available.