ALTON, Ill. (KSDK) -- Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold says a house fire that started early Sunday morning is being investigated as an arson.
Firefighters responded to the 1100 block of East 7th Street around 4:40 AM and found heavy fire and smoke coming from the home.
The fire destroyed the unoccupied home and did heavy damage to a neighboring duplex as well. Sebold says that building will likely have to be torn down.
No injuries were reported, but it did take nearly ten hours for firefighters to completely extinguish the flames. In all, three families are now looking for a new place to live.
Investigators believe an accelerant was used to start the fire. The investigation will continue Monday morning.
NewsChannel 5 will bring you more information as it becomes available.