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Gas poured on Beavers' office
SOUTH SHORE | County commissioner: I'm not target

Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
by MARK J. KONKOL

Men spotted pouring gasoline on the roof of Cook County Commissioner William Beavers' district office in South Shore ran away before they could set the building on fire Sunday night, police said.

About 10 p.m., a neighbor called 911 to report men on top of the office building at 2550 E. 79th St. and a strong odor of gasoline.

Firefighters sprayed the building to dilute the gasoline, which was on the office building roof and the stairs of apartment building next door.

Beavers said he does not believe he was the target of the attempted arson.

"I think it's the landlord," Beavers said. "He recently put somebody out."

Both buildings are owned by Chris Imsaih, who said he recently evicted a tenant who he says was arrested for possession of contraband.

"I have no idea who was involved. I have no enemies in this area," Imsaih said. "Bomb and arson police found a canister and they took that. Maybe they'll find fingerprints or something."

Beavers said there are security cameras behind his office that might have caught pictures of the culprits.



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