Man Charged in 12-Hour School Building Fire Sunday 


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Paris, Illinois – An extensive 12-hour firefighting operation was undertaken in Paris, Illinois, following a severe fire at the old Redmon School building. The blaze, reported at around 2:30 a.m. near South Central Avenue and West Jasper Street, required sustained efforts from the Paris Fire Department and other first responders. 

Fire officials confirmed the duration of the effort, noting that the scene was not cleared until 13 hours later. Following an investigation by the Paris Police Department and the Illinois Fire Marshal’s Office, 24-year-old Paris resident Daniel L. Henson was arrested and charged with aggravated arson and criminal trespass to state-supported property. 

No injuries were reported in the incident. Henson is currently held by the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department, awaiting a pre-trial detention hearing.


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