Trio of fires ruled accidental

Causes determined for Nettle Street, Quality Millwork apartment fires

Three recent fires, responsible for nearly $1 million in property damage, have all been ruled accidents.

The Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District, along with the Morris Police Department, announced Thursday they have concluded the investigation into the cause and origin of the fire of Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 521 Nettle Street.

The investigation has determined the fire, confined primarily to the attic area of the home, was accidental due to a short circuit of the electrical wires in the attic area. Property damage will remain at $50,000.

The investigation of the cause and origin of the fire on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Quality Millwork, 7075 N. Lisbon Road, has also been concluded.

The Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District, along with the Illinois State Fire Marshal Office, MABAS 15 Fire Investigators and the Grundy County Sheriff Office, determined the fire was accidental. It was caused by the improper disposal of some rags used in the finishing of wood products.

The property damages have been adjusted following discussions with insurance officials to $425,000.

The damage value remains at $500,000 in the fire on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Canterbury Apartments, 510 Twilight Dr., Morris.

The Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District, along with the Illinois State Fire Marshal Office, MABAS 15 Fire Investigators and the Morris Police Department, have concluded the accidental fire was due to the improper storage and housekeeping of paper products on and near the cooking stove top.