Cops Investigate 14 Vehicle Fires on Chicago's South Side

All of the fires happened between 4:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Wednesday

Thursday, May 29, 2014  |  Updated 2:43 PM CDT
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All of the fires are on Chicago's southwest side, between 66th and 71st streets. NBC Chicago's Michelle Relerford reports for the NBC 5 NEWS at NOON on May 28, 2014.

All of the fires are on Chicago's southwest side, between 66th and 71st streets. NBC Chicago's Michelle Relerford reports for the NBC 5 NEWS at NOON on May 28, 2014.

A police department spokesperson said officials on Wednesday were investigating 14 separate incidents of parked vehicles being set on fire.

The fires, all which happened between 4:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., were on the 7100 block of South Wood Street, the 6600 block of South Laflin Street, the 1400 block of West Marquette Road, the 6700 block of South May Street, the 7000 block of South Eggleston Avenue, the 7100 block of South Eggleson Avenue and the 1700 block of West 71st Street. Two incidents occurred on the 6800 block of South Marshfield Avenue.

"I heard my horn this morning, and I came to the window, and I saw that the back was on fire. So it's just sad," said Othia McDade, whose SUV was torched on the 7000 block of South Eggleston.

She said she lost material possessions in the fire but was grateful no one was injured.

"My family wasn't in the vehicle, so I'm happy," she said.

Police had no one in custody as of 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The department's Bomb & Arson unit was investigating.
 

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