Dekalb Police investigating apartment fires expect arson

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DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) -- Police and displaced residents are looking for answers following a string of apartment fires in DeKalb.

Keith Clough was forced out of his home after the 808 Ridge Apartment Complex caught fire Tuesday night.

“A mother literally had to throw her kids out of the window onto a bed to get them out of the fire. Then she broke her leg jumping out to save herself,” says Clough.

Two days later, another apartment went up in flames on Greenbrier Street.

“Unfortunately this is going to be a little longer than we had expected because the building has been condemned,” says Red Cross Volunteer Stacie Walquist.

Both complexes are owned by Hunter Properties.

“The place had bugs,” says Clough. “They had just finally fixed the hallway from the last fire that was last year.”

Many believe these blazes were set out of protest for the buildings’ poor living conditions.

“I could see it, but if that is the case, why would you want to mess up everyone else’s situation? People got kids and stuff. Just move,” says Clough.

There is no word on when these buildings will be livable again. In the meantime, the Red Cross is ready to lend a helping hand.

“We are reaching out to people if they want to come by during the day just to rest or need food or a snack. We are here [24 hours of the day,]” says Walquist.

The investigation is ongoing. DeKalb Police have not released if they have any suspects in custody.