A second suspicious fire was under investigation Sunday at a Lee’s Summit home that in June had been set on fire to cover up a burglary, according to authorities.
The most recent fire was reported shortly before midnight Saturday, according to the Lee’s Summit Fire Department. A neighbor reported seeing fire on the back deck of the house in the 1200 block of SE 11th Street.
When fire crews arrived, fire was spreading to the roof and the interior of the house. The house was unoccupied and was still partly boarded up from the previous fire.
Firefighters had the fire under control by 12:21 a.m.
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Investigators noted that nearly three months earlier, fire crews had been been called to put out a blaze at the house about 7 a.m. on June 24. Investigators thought that fire had been started to cover up a burglary.
Police said two previous burglaries had been reported at the house, one in 2015 and another in 2014.
The fire on Saturday is considered suspicious and is under investigation by the fire department, the Lee’s Summit Police Department and the Missouri State Fire Marshal. The investigation into the earlier fire is also ongoing.
Fire officials asked anyone with information about the fires to call the Lee’s Summit Police Department at 816-969-1668, or the Missouri Arson Hotline 1-800-392-7766.