Arson victim picks up pieces after garage fire

Posted on: 3:13 pm, December 18, 2012, by

Police are investigating a suspected string of arsons.

One homeowner says he’s just glad no one was hurt, even though his garage is destroyed.

An unwelcome visitor ruined Bill Rowand’s Monday night routine.

“Just happened to notice something out of the corner of my eye and I looked out toward the back door and it was all lit up,” said Rowand.

It was a fire in his garage threatening to spill over into his historic Broadway home.

“I was shocked at how intense and how far along the fire was.”

Some tools, two vehicles and even Christmas presents were destroyed.

Luckily, Rowand has insurance.

“You always go back ‘Is it something I did? Did I leave something on,” he said.

Fire investigators say it’s one of two arsons that threatened the security of this historic Rock Island neighborhood.

We asked Bill if he thinks someone targeted him on purpose.

“Not that I don’t have any enemies, but I don’t think they’d do anything like that. I think it was just a situation where, you know, there’s an alley here, and the garage sits right along the alley.”

No one was hurt in either fire, but repairing damage of the phone lines and tearing down the garage will be an inconvenience.

“It’s a terrible thing.”

No arrests have been made.

If you have information, contact the Rock Island Fire Department.

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