Champaign officials say garage fire was arson
CHAMPAIGN — Fire investigators have decided that a fire at a home in north Champaign was intentionally set early Wednesday.
Champaign firefighters were called to 615 Doisy Lane in the Ashland Park subdivision at 7:34 a.m. where there was heavy smoke coming from the attached garage. A man living there was taken to an area hospital by ambulance. His name was unavailable.
Fire department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher said the fire started on the exterior of the home on the driveway, where personal items such as clothing were set afire. The fire spread to the garage and exterior of the house, doing what she described as moderate damage.
Neighbor Jennifer Romito told The News-Gazette that she was pulling out of her driveway about seven houses away when she saw black smoke coming from the garage. The door was open and the man was outside, she said. She was calling 911 about the same time an employee from the nearby Walmart store on North Prospect Avenue who saw the smoke pulled on to the street to check it out.
Schumacher said fire and police officials were planning to interview the occupant and other neighbors to figure out who started the fire and why.