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Arson and Meth land an Iroquois County Man in Jail

On Thursday, November 21 2019, the Milford Fire Department responded to a reported residential structure fire at 1961 E 1100 N Road in rural Milford. Upon their arrival, firefighters observed flames coming from the second story of the residence and began battling the blaze at which time they encountered a male subject armed with a gun in a first-floor bedroom, Firefighters backed away from the residence and awaited the arrival of Sheriffs Deputies, who made contact with the subject and safely removed him from the residence. The subject, identified as 33-year-old Olan E. Morris Ill, was subsequently transported to IMH by Milford Ambulance. After extinguishing the blaze, the State Fire Marshal's Office was contacted and responded to the scene. Following his release from IMH, Mr. Morris was taken in to custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he was charged with Residential Arson and Methamphetamine Possession. Mr. Morris remains in custody awaiting a court appearance, while the fire remains under investigation by the Sheriffs Office and the State Fire Marshal. The Sheriffs Office and the Milford Fire Department were assisted at the scene by multiple agencies, including the Milford Police Department and the Woodland, Cissna Park, Sheldon and Stockland Fire Departments.

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