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Decatur home burglarized, burned after fatal shooting, police say
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Decatur home burglarized, burned after fatal shooting, police say

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DECATUR — A home that was the site of a fatal shooting early Sunday was burglarized and set on fire within a 12-hour span Monday, police say. 

The Decatur Fire Department was dispatched to the house in the 1400 block of East Hickory Street at 11:30 p.m., and the first engine to arrive found heavy flames coming from the first floor and attic, the department said in a statement.

Crews placed a hose line into the home to extinguished the fire, the fire department said. Crew cleared the scene at 1:52 a.m. Tuesday, and no injuries were reported.

Battalion Chief Jim Ohl said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

About 12 hours earlier, Sgt. Chris Copeland said the Decatur Police Department responded to the same address around 11:20 a.m. in reference to a residential burglary.

He said a couple of TVs were taken from the home, and someone had defecated on the front porch. 

Copeland said this is under investigation.

This residence was the scene of the early-morning fatal shooting of Demetrius Ford, 27 of Decatur. Police found Ford dead after being called to the scene shortly before 12:30 a.m. Sunday. 

As of Tuesday morning, no arrests have been made, and the homicide is under investigation. Police asked anyone with information related to this crime to call the Decatur Police Department at 217-424-2711, the Decatur Police Detective Bureau at 217-424-2734, or Crime Stoppers at 217-423-TIPS.

Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites

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