- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - St. Joseph fire officials have issued a warning after two suspicious fires at abandoned, older buildings during the weekend.

Firefighters extinguished a fire early Monday inside a 19th century, boarded up building that had no electricity or gas connections. No one was injured.

Battalion Chief Bob Bangerter says it appeared someone broke into the building.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports (https://bit.ly/1DXsMJ8 ) it was the second fire in an abandoned brick building in two days. The first occurred Saturday morning. The interior of that building was a total loss. The building also had no gas or electricity connections. Fire inspectors could not determine the fire’s origin.

Fire officials are warning people living close to abandoned and boarded up structures to report any suspicious activity or unauthorized entry.


Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri, https://www.newspressnow.com

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