Urbana fire chief says apartment fire appears to have been intentionally set

URBANA — Urbana Fire Chief Mike Dilley said an apartment fire Monday afternoon in Urbana appears to have been intentionally set.

According to a fire department report, firefighters were called to an apartment complex at 808 N. Lincoln Ave., U, at 12:56 p.m. Monday.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke emitting from a window to a basement apartment, Dilley said.

Firefighters located the fire in the bedroom of the apartment and put it out within about 10 minutes, Dilley said.

The man who lived in the apartment, listed as Willie Jones, was not inside the apartment at the time the fire started, and he was not injured, Dilley said.

People were temporarily evacuated from the other apartments, but all the occupants were able to return to their homes except for Jones, according to the report.

Total damage was estimated at $40,000, according to Dilley.

Dilley said fire investigators believe the fire was intentionally set and have asked the Urbana Police Department to investigate.

"The fire was ignited on top of the bed," Dilley said. "The person who set the fire was not the occupant."

Firefighters left the scene by 3 p.m., Dilley said.

According to the Champaign County assessor's Website, the property is owned by Roger D. Dunlap of Savoy.

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