Arson reported at building where shots were fired earlier

Arson reported at building where shots were fired earlier

RANTOUL — An apartment building where shots were fired this week was damaged by an arsonist Thursday morning.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said firefighters were called at 2:08 a.m. to 333 S. Steffler St., Apartment 2, where someone had set a fire. He said the fire caused between $8,000 and $10,000 damage.

"No one was home, and no one was injured in the incident," Waters said. "Only property damage was involved."

Water said the apartment is rented by Trayon Parker and the building is owned by Rich Leonard.

Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Kaiser, who is a fire and arson investigator, said the fire was definitely arson.

"It was a set fire for sure," Kaiser said. "I'm not ready to release what caused it yet."

Kaiser said he conducted interviews Thursday morning.

"There's so much family and trash talking going on, we're not sure," he said. "We don't have a suspect."

Police were called to the apartment building the previous morning after a report that an argument had gotten out of hand, had turned into a physical fight and that shots were fired.

According to police, Fectory Spears, 51, also of the 300 block of South Steffler Street, fired two round in the front door of Apartment 2, while a man, a woman and an infant were inside. No one was hurt.

The Champaign County state's attorney's office has filed charges against Spears of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class X felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Spears' bond was set at $1 million. He was told to be back in court Oct. 15.

Spears was also wanted on a warrant in a misdemeanor criminal damage to property case in Rantoul.

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