Reward offered for help solving Galesburg arson fire

Galesburg house after fire at 472 South Academy Street (WQAD Photo)

Galesburg house after fire at 472 South Academy Street (WQAD Photo)

Two organizations have contributed to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the person or people who set the fire that destroyed a home in Galesburg, Illinois.

The house at 472 South Academy Street burned April 8, 2014.  Investigators said the house was vacant and was considered a total loss.

They also determined the fire was intentionally set.

“Crime Stoppers will offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) in this case.  Knox College has also agreed to pay $300 in addition to the reward offered by Crime Stoppers,” according to a statement from Galesburg Crime Stoppers.

“We are optimistic that the higher reward will encourage someone to give a tip that could break this case,” said Galesburg Fire Marshal Dan Foley.

In addition to their monetary contribution, Knox College has provided video from campus cameras to investigators.

Anyone with information about the fire can share that information anonymously by calling Galesburg Area Crime Stoppers at (309) 344-0044 or by texting GALESBURG to 274637.

Galesburg house after fire at 472 South Academy Street (WQAD Photo)

Galesburg house after fire at 472 South Academy Street (WQAD Photo)

472 South Academy Street house before fire - image from Google map street view

472 South Academy Street house before fire – image from Google map street view

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