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.
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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.
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