Cook Family Looking For Justice After Arson
Posted at: 10/15/2012 5:24 PM
| Updated at: 10/15/2012 10:21 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
A Northland family is grieving the loss of their home after an alleged arson over the weekend.
Susan Stone said the damaged home was built in the 1930's and housed her grandparents for more than 70 years. While the home was not occupied at the time of the fire, her mother lives on the property and still keeps the home in livable, working condition. Also inside, were family heirlooms.
"Most of her furniture was in there, dating back to her early marriage," Stone said. "So, it meant something to us."
The home, on Highway 53 north of Cook, suffered considerable damage, but its structure may be repairable. While this is good news for the family, the home's true value can not be replaced.
"It's structurally sound, it is repairable, but it would need to be gutted on the inside and rebuilt," Stone said. "Once we do that, it's not our grandmother's house anymore."
Steven Heinrich, an Investigator with the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, said the fire has been ruled arson. There is a $2,500 reward being offered for information about this case. If you have any information, please call the arson hotline at 1-800-723-2020.