EPD investigating arson after structure fire at Rice Education Center

Julia Esparza, Copy Chief

The Evanston Police Department is investigating reports of arson after a fire broke out at Rice Education Center on Sunday night.

The Evanston Fire Department called EPD to the building in the 1100 block of Washington Street after a structure fire started in the center’s laundry room at about 7:10 p.m. After EFD determined the incident may have been connected to arson, EPD arrived on the scene at about 8:30 p.m., Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said.

Police have a juvenile suspect who was seen in the room around the time the fire started and has a history of arson, Glew said. Investigators checked the suspect but did not find anything in plain view that could have started the fire, he added.

Nobody was injured in the fire and the incident is pending investigation by the juvenile bureau of EPD, Glew said.

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