Chicago police are looking for an arsonist who left a burning object at the door of a person’s apartment


CHICAGO (SCS) — Chilling video obtained by CBS 2 shows an arsonist in action on the South Shore.

As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reported on Monday, the video shows someone carrying flames down the hallway and leaving them near someone’s apartment door. At least five units in nearby apartment buildings were heavily damaged in the ensuing fire.

The video shows a man walking with what appears to be a lit stack of paper or cardboard. He places it in front of an apartment door, then puts a doormat on it to keep the fire in place.

Sources said the man was responsible for starting four fires in one of the apartment buildings and the flames spread to the next building on the 6800 block of South Clyde Avenue in the South neighborhood Chicago Shore. The fires were started between February 27 and March 5.

“I heard a shard of glass and a fire started shortly after,” David Singleton said.

Singleton lives near the building where the fires were started. He said he was at home when one of the fires took place.

A source said that in the fire captured on video, some type of accelerant was used. A witness also saw a man with a can of lighter fluid changing clothes in an alley after one of the fires.

“You heard the bam of the glass cracking, then about 20 minutes later smoke started coming in from the other side of the units,” Singleton said.

Sources said the last fire started by the suspect dates back to March 5. Garbage was set on fire behind the building.

The fire trapped people in the complex. The stairs were burning so they couldn’t use the stairs as a way out.

The Chicago Fire Department said some of the people living in the building were assessed for smoke inhalation at the scene. Chicago police said there were no arrests and the incidents are still being investigated.

A source said the motive for the fires involved an argument with someone in the building.


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