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Dixon man facing arson charges in Thursday’s apartment building blaze

DIXON – A Dixon man accused of setting an apartment on fire Thursday is in Lee County jail on $150,000 bond, charged with two counts of arson.

A squad of four Dixon City firefighters begins to ascend stairs to enter the second-story apartment entrance at 410 Madison Ave. on Thursday afternoon. Everyone safely escaped the building and no one was hurt in the structure fire, which was started in the bathroom, the fire department said. There is water damage throughout the apartment building. Firefighters were still on the scene for about two hours.

Dixon firefighters work the scene Thursday at 410 Madison Ave. John K. Sandusky, 42, of Dixon, was arrested Monday and charged with arson in relation to the blaze, which burned an upstairs apartment and resulted in water damage throughout the building. (Troy Taylor/Sauk Valley)

John K. Sandusky, 42, faces four to 15 years in prison if convicted of residential arson, and three to seven years if convicted of arson.

The Dixon fire and police departments were dispatched to 410 Madison Ave. around 2:30 p.m., where they found smoke coming from an upstairs apartment and a man outside. No one else was home, police said in a news release.

After an investigation, it was determined that Sandusky started the fire, and he was arrested Monday, the release said.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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