Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ARSON: Overnight Fires Destroy Cars In Wrigleyville

A series of intentionally-set fires caused significant damage to vehicles along a two-block stretch of Wrigleyville and Boystown overnight. Four vehicles appear to be completely destroyed and at least three others sustained significant damage. No injuries were reported.

This Cadillac (L) was among the cars destroyed overnight.
The first sign of trouble came at 2:17 this morning when officers assigned to the Clark Street "entertainment detail" found a mattress on fire behind the Red Ivy bar, 3525 N Clark. It was quickly extinguished.

Two hours later, the real problems started: A rubbish fire in the alley behind the 3400 blocks of Clark and Sheffield; multiple cars on fire behind 3514 N. Wilton—with flames reaching as high as the overhead L tracks; another car on fire against a residence further north in the 3500 block of Wilton; and a
porch smoldering a couple of homes north of that.

Bomb and Arson investigators arrived to begin their investigation around 7:30AM.

This mattress fire behind Red Ivy sports bar on Clark Street
was the first sign of trouble overnight.
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24 comments:

  1. This is crazy! A few weeks ago this happened on the South Side, now this morning Bridgeport and Wrigleyville? WTH is wrong with people?

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    1. There's a serial arsonist on the loose, IMO. Glad that the arson unit is investigating. These fires are dangerous and could result in a loss of life.

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    2. Absolutely agree with you.

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  2. You are kidding me...

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  3. Wow. Not to minimize any of the awful crimes that have been committed with increasing frequency in Wrigleyville in the last few years, but this is Third World stuff. Chiraq, indeed.

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    1. You should go to Iraq for a while and report back.

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  4. would anyone like to buy my condo in East Lakeview?

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  5. are these photos of Detroit or Wrigleyville?

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    1. Good question, nice to see people starting to see the similarities. Chicago is barreling towards the same demise Detroit hit.

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  6. Are these being classified as criminal damage to property instead of arson? Gotta help those crime minimizing tactics!

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    1. It was initially recorded as a generic fire as CPD needed to make notifications and can not do so without a RD #. However a sgt stated that it can be changed per investigations. Bomb/Arson notified and one assumes has been looking into this.

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  7. Anyone remember the big in that courtyard apartment building west of Halsted back in 2011 or 2012 (I cant remember the exact year)? I have always suspected that that was arson. I wonder if it is the same guy?

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    1. If your talking about the one where a fire was set in a hallway and a few people died. Yes and I think it was the same block as these.. Turned out it was a homeless/mentally disturbed person that they did catch in a nearby cafe. Note I distinguish between mentally ill and disturbed. There are very different levels of risk to society when it comes to mental illness. Our laws in society need to recognize the difference so we can be protected from those with forms of mental illness that truly pose a risk to society. There is a big difference between someone suffering from moderate depression and a paranoid schizophrenic.

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    2. The mentally disturbed homeless woman started the fire with currency in a bldg at Wilton at Addison a few years back in order to stay warm. The fire raced up the stairwell and several people in the top apartment died.
      The courtyard building fire west of Halsted occurred more recently, wasn't a fatal fire (except to a dog), and wasn't an arson.

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    3. 1) Wasn't a woman
      2) Wasn't homeless
      3) Wasn't trying to stay warm

      Other than that, you nailed it.

      http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-12-16/news/0112160223_1_fatal-apartment-fire-third-floor-first-floor-apartment

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    4. I think you guys are talking about two different things-the homeless woman who set the entry-way fire was in 07. The suicide attempt-fire was 2001.
      http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2007-03-12/news/0703120151_1_fatal-fire-wrigleyville-three-small-fires

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  8. It really is sad how this city is slowly going downhill. There really needs to be something done about our increase in crime.

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    1. Slowly? If this is slow, I'd hate to see fast.

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    2. Do not worry. Tunney is "working closely" with the criminals.

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    3. Anyone who thinks any alderman has the clout aldermen did 15-20 years ago is delusional and probably thinks Chicago Fire and Chicago PD are reality shows.

      This happened in Englewood a couple of weeks ago, so either a repeat offender or copy cat.

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    4. Do alderman have the ability to vote "no?" On anything? They do, right? Yet ours votes in line with the mayor's floor leader 100%. His lack of clout-and others' lack of clout-is due to their unwillingness to take a stand.

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    5. If an alderman has no clout to represent his constituents then I prefer not to contribute to his six-figure salary. No work no pay. Isn't that how it's supposed to be?

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  9. Perhaps the CTA land grabbers got the wrong address on Wilton to torch? 3500 North versus 3200 North?

    Anyone know the cause of that fire on Clark last October?

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  10. The Tribune runs this story but doesn't allow comments like it does on all its other stories. Hmm- let's not take the chance that an uniformed Chicagoan will learn that things are going down fast on the North side. God forbid someone mentions CWB blog and start demanding the police services that they pay taxes for which are funneled elsewhere.

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