St. Joseph fire officials warn of suspicious fires
ST. JOSEPH (AP) - St. Joseph fire officials issued a warning after two suspicious fires at abandoned, older buildings occurred 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 said it appeared someone broke into the building.
The St. Joseph News-Press reported it was the second fire in an abandoned brick building in two days. The first occurred Saturday morning, with the interior of that building being a total loss. The building also had no gas or electricity connections. Fire inspectors could not determine the fire's origin at the time.
Fire officials are warning people living close to abandoned and boarded up structures to report any suspicious activity or unauthorized entry.