Fires have damaged 22 vacant buildings in Springfield in 2016

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Another fire damaged a vacant structure early Sunday. The fire in a duplex in the 800 block of South Robberson Avenue, near Grand Street, is the 22nd one in a vacant structure in Springfield this year.

The investigation is still open but fire marshals believe the fire was intentionally set. It caused $25,000 in damages.

The Fire Department last responded to a fire at a vacant single-family house on Nov. 2. That one caused $40,000 in damages.

More than 10 percent of all Springfield fires occur in vacant structures. Nearly half of those fires are in unsecured buildings.

Of the 22 vacant building fires reported so far this year, investigators determined 16 were set intentionally, three were accidental and the causes of six are undetermined.

An intensity map illustrates the geographic locations of fires in vacant structures over the past 10 years. The Fire Department tracks them to help target educational efforts.

Fire Chief David Hall encourages residents to report unsecure or boarded-up houses or buildings by calling the city's Citizen Resource Center at (417) 864-1010 or by calling 9-101 if criminal activity is suspected.

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Summary spreadsheet on fires in vacant structures by year