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Arson Probed in Fire Where Toddler Found Dead

May 7, 2017

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – Arson is being investigated as the possible cause of a Joliet Township fire that destroyed the house where a toddler was found dead.

East Joliet Fire Chief Robert Scholtes tells the Chicago Sun-Times said arson was “most likely” the cause of the fire, although it remained under investigation.

Scholtes says fire crews were called about 3 a.m. Saturday to the home where 16-month-old Semaj Crosby was found dead under a couch April 26. They found flames and smoke in a back bedroom and let the structure burn because it had become a public nuisance. The home had been deemed uninhabitable.

A funeral for the girl was held Friday, Her disappearance had sparked a massive hunt involving volunteers, law enforcement officers, and bloodhounds.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office says an arson investigator from the State Fire Marshall’s Office will try to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

A funeral for the girl was held Friday.

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