Two people, including the homeowner, are facing arson charges for the Wednesday morning fire in Sheldon.
44-year-old Melissa Emery and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police for the fire at 440 E. Center Street in Sheldon. Both suspects are charged with a Class 1 felony, residential arson. Sheldon Police and the Illinois State Fire Marshall were involved in the investigation and arrests.
Emery was jailed in Watseka. The 17-year-old was taken to a juvenile detention center in McLean County.The investigation continues. State's Attorney Jim Devine said the suspects are not related.
Sheldon fire answered the call about 2:15 Wednesday morning. Fire departments from four neighboring communities provided mutual aid.