CREVE COEUR — Creve Coeur police are trying to locate the owner of a double-wide mobile home in Cedar Ridge Estates that was destroyed by fire Tuesday.
A witness told police that Ronald Watters and his wife, Kim Watters, were seen leaving their residence at 701 Fischer Road, Lot 267, in Creve Coeur, shortly before the fire was reported at about 5:50 a.m. Tuesday. Officers made contact with Kim Watters, who told them that Ronald Watters had made it out of mobile home but that she did not know where he had gone.
"Police are currently attempting to locate Ronald Watters for questioning," according to a news release from the Creve Coeur Police Department.
Half of the mobile home was engulfed in flames when police officers first arrived at the location Tuesday morning. They went into the residence to look for occupants but did not find anyone. Firefighters arrived a short time later and repeated a search for occupants but also did not find anyone inside the burning home.
North Pekin, Bartonville, East Peoria, Cincinnati Township and Creve Coeur fire departments worked to extinguish the fire for three hours.
The State Fire Marshal, East Peoria Fire department arson investigators and the Illinois State Police are assisting in the investigation.
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