Chicago: Arson Blaze Damages North Side Office Building; AIDS Group's Headquarters Hit
September 12, 2003
A gasoline fire set on a North Side Chicago rooftop around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday caused part of the ceiling to collapse in a one-story building that houses the offices of Test Positive Awareness Network, an AIDS advocacy group, and the offices of US Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). Police said an offender poured gasoline down a drainage pipe near the southeast corner of the roof before setting the blaze. "It looked like a bomb had gone off," said Jeffrey Allen, event coordinator for the AIDS group, whose offices sustained most of the damage. Allen estimates the damage at more than $10,000. The building also contains the offices of state Sen. Carol Ronen (D-Chicago), state Rep. Harry Osterman (D-Chicago), and Alderperson Mary Ann Smith (48th). Officials with Schawkowsky's office and the Test Positive Awareness Network said they had not experienced any troubling incidents or received any threats in the last several months. No one was in the building at the time of the blaze. At this time, Schakowsky said in a statement, "There is no reason to believe that this incident was targeted at anyone in particular."Adapted from:
09.10.2003; Joshua S. Howes
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.