Neighbor passing by sees flames, then hears a scream.
On Tuesday afternoon, 26 January, Springfield resident Corey Lewis passed by a house that he was somewhat familiar with. Known to be vacant for several years, neighbors had reported to the police the fact of squatters living inside 460 South Main Avenue. On Tuesday, Lewis noticed flames and went to investigate. After knocking on the door Lewis heard screams for help. Moments later he helped pull a man and a pregnant woman out through a basement window.
A third person fled on foot and all three occupants were later taken into custody by the Springfield police. The Springfield Fire Department made a quick knockdown of the fire without any reported injuries. Neighbor Ron Wakefield stated that the home had been vacant for many years, and squatters had been using it during the winter.
“Fire in vacant house leads to discovery, rescue of squatters”, News-Leader.com
“Charges pending after three pulled from fire in vacant home”, News-Leader.com
“House Fire May Have Been Started By Transients”, KTTS