Kirksville garage damaged in possible arson case

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State and local fire investigators are looking into a suspicious fire in Kirksville.

The blaze at 109 East Cottonwood Street was reported right before 5 p.m. Thursday.

The structure is a two-car garage that was being used for storage.

It's owned by Gene Corbett of Kirksville.

Firefighters told KTVO flames were burning through one of the large garage doors when they got to the scene.

The contents of the garage received smoke damage.

Crews had the blaze out in about 10 minutes.

No one was hurt.

An investigator from the Missouri State Fire Marshalâ??s Office was on the scene Thursday evening trying to piece together how it happened.

The building had no electricity or other utilities that might have started it.

Kirksville police officers were trying to find a transient seen running from the area at the same time the fire was discovered.

Firefighters told KTVO the man had been known to sleep behind the garage.

They aren't saying he set it, but they do want to question him to see if he saw anything suspicious.