Police are investigating a Naperville homeless man’s tent fire as a possible arson.
Charred remains are all that’s left from what Scott Huber had called home. A familiar fixture in Naperville, Huber has long moved his tent around town, in the past few years taking up residence at the corner of Naper Boulevard and Ogden Avenue. Then shortly after 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, his home went up in flames.
“A fellow by the name of Mike ran up to me and said Scott your tent is on fire and I says what?” Huber recalled. “I grabbed everything and shoved it together and came running with him. The fire was enveloping half my large tent.”
A second tent quickly was also enveloped, leaving only a few of Huber’s possessions worth salvaging.
“My biggest loss is my data,” says Huber. “And my computer electronics.” He showed us the charred remains of a computer. “This was a Microsoft Surface computer. Okay? This is all that was left of it,” he said.
Huber has long been a divisive figure in town. He took to the streets sometime around the year 2000 after losing his home and business, proclaiming his move to the streets a protest against injustice. In 2011, the city banned him from camping in downtown Naperville.
Going forward, he plans to stay in the same general area. Huber maintains an active Facebook site where people can reach out to him if they would like to help. Even as we were conducting his interview, donations were already coming in. He thanked his benefactors, saying “God bless you girls. Thank you, very thoughtful. Have a good day. Keep me in prayer.”
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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