Possible arson investigated

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Firefighters inspect the damage to a house at 1309 Dewey Ave. in Beloit Thursday. A fire was reported at the house shortly after 4 p.m., and heavy smoke and flames were reported when firefighters arrived. People who were inside the home when the fire started were able to escape. The house is valued at $32,000.

A fire that destroyed a two-story home at 1309 Dewey Ave. in Beloit Thursday afternoon is suspected to have been intentionally set.

Beloit Police Department Sgt. Mark Franseen said there was a female upstairs in the house when someone set a fire in front of the house. Another individual who lived in the house reportedly crawled in the window to alert the woman. Both escaped uninjured.

The Beloit Fire Department requested assistance from Lt. Keith Lynn and his arson dog, Glory. The cause of the fire and the area of origin are currently under investigation.

The American Red Cross was called for the assistance of six adults and one infant. The residence is owned by Lamont and Annie Weaver, but the house is listed as a rental property and it’s unknown exactly who was living in the house. The value of the property was listed at approximately $32,000.

No suspects have been identified in relation to the fire, according to Beloit police.

The Beloit Fire Department was assisted by several area fire departments at the scene.

Firefighters had a busy day Thursday, responding to another house fire only a few hours before the Dewey Avenue incident.

Beloit firefighters were alerted to a house fire at 11:56 a.m. at a house at 1511 Garfield Ave.

Smoke and flames were showing from the south side of the building and smoke was coming from the roof when firefighters arrived on the scene.

No one was inside the home at the time and the fire was confined to the basement, according to department reports. The cause of the fire was traced to an electrical panel in the basement. There was an estimated $15,000 damage done to the structure and about $10,000 damage done to contents.

Four firefighters were treated on the scene for heat-related issues, but no one had to be transported to a hospital.

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