Officials investigate suspicious house fire in Orient

West Frankfort firefighters were called just before midnight Monday to a house fire on Franklin Street in Orient.
When fire crews arrived, there was a small fire detected at the rear of the home. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly as it appeared to be smoldering grass or twigs.
According to sources, the fire may have been intentionally set. Sources say the homeowner informed authorities that a threat had been made following an argument earlier in the evening.
No official details are available, but some aggressive police work reportedly led to an arrest. It is believed that authorities followed footprints in the snow to a subject’s residence. is awaiting release of any name(s) associated with the arrest in the  possible arson fire.

West Frankfort residents escape Thursday afternoon fire

West Frankfort firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at 707 S. Sunnyslope in West Frankfort.

A pair of West Frankfort residents were able to safely escape an early afternoon fire at their home, 707 S. Sunnyslope in West Frankfort. Witnesses tell that when the fire broke out, the older couple were trying to save valuables in the home, when a passerby helped lead them to safety.
Fire crews are still on the scene of the blaze, with firefighters from Benton and Johnston City there on the scene and in mutual aid.
This is the second structure fire for West Frankfort firefighters today, after a fire at daybreak destroyed a storage building owned by Tim Murphy, at the heart of the Candy Cane Lane Christmas display. That building is a total loss, and the cause of the fire has not bee determined..
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