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2 Barn Fires Possible Arson Cases in Iroquois County

LODA —The State Fire Marshall is investigating two barn fires near Loda.. Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and the Loda Fire Protection District report the barns were just a quarter mile apart from each other on County Road 300 N.  The Loda Fire District answered the call shortly after 8 pm Wednesday.  Firemen found the barns fully engulfed.

The property owner, Eric Kaeb, was not home at the time the fires started on his farm.  A neighbor reported one of the fires.  The other fire was reported minutes later by a passerby.

Loda firefighters received mutual aide help from Buckley, Paxton, and Cissna Park.  Firefighters remained on scene until about 1 a.m.

Both barns were destroyed, according to Loda Fire Chief Harold Ecker.  The cause and origin of the fires remains undetermined.

Meanwhile…Iroquois County Crimestoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Tips can be made anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 815-432-7463 or calling Starkey at 815-432-6992.

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