Arson Investigation of Joliet Township Toddler’s Home Where She Died

Fire investigators aren’t guessing when they may find the cause of a weekend fire that destroyed the home where a toddler died last month. Firefighters left nothing but rubble behind after the Saturday fire. East Joliet Fire Chief Robert Scholtes said arson was “most likely” the cause of the fire. Sheriff’s investigators say the home was “deplorable” and a frequent stop for squatters.  Officers found 16-month-old Semaj Crosby under a couch in the home last month.

 

Saturday May 6, 2017

The house where 16-month-old Semaj Crosby died last month, was on fire on Saturday morning. WJOL has learned that at approximately 6:00am first responders were called to the residence at 309 Louis Road in Joliet Township. East Joliet Fire Department and the New Lenox Fire Department were on the scene and the house was fully engulfed in flames. Due to the extent of the fire, the East Joliet Fire Department advised they would allow the house to burn out while maintaining control. The cause of the fire is unknown but the State Fire Marshall’s office will conduct an investigation to attempt to determine the cause and origin of the fire. 309 Louis Rd is the same residence that Semaj Crosby had lived in and was found deceased in on April 26.  The sheriff’s office had released control of the house late last week. The house had been tagged as unfit for habitation by the Will County Land Use Department and the owner was attempting to make all the necessary repairs.

Warning: Video Below Contains Graphic Language 

Posted by David Stocking on Saturday, May 6, 2017

Home where 16 month old Semaj Crosby's body was found burns to the ground.

Posted by 1340 AM WJOL Will County's News Talk Sports on Saturday, May 6, 2017

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