Another vacant home fire in Decatur under investigation

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating after the Decatur Fire Department extinguished a house fire on Tuesday.

At 8:10 a.m., firefighters arrived at the scene near South 20th Street and Indiana Court. They found heavy smoke and fire coming from the vacant home.

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Fire crews responded to the same address in the past and knew of unsafe entry conditions. They elected to attack the flames from outside, and were able to ventilate the roof. Openings were made through the walls to access the basement, where the fire had started.

  • Photo credit to the “Decatur Fire Department – Illinois” Facebook page.
    Photo credit to the “Decatur Fire Department – Illinois” Facebook page.
  • Photo credit to the “Decatur Fire Department – Illinois” Facebook page.
    Photo credit to the “Decatur Fire Department – Illinois” Facebook page.
  • Photo credit to the “Decatur Fire Department – Illinois” Facebook page.
    Photo credit to the “Decatur Fire Department – Illinois” Facebook page.
  • Photo credit to the “Decatur Fire Department – Illinois” Facebook page.
    Photo credit to the “Decatur Fire Department – Illinois” Facebook page.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in 30 minutes. After it was brought under control, they realized the floor to the house’s front room had collapsed.

The job was completed once the home was determined to be clear of any remaining hot spots.

This vacant house fire follows two others that also occurred in Decatur last month: one on East Prairie Street and the other near North Lowber Street.

The Decatur Fire Department deemed the fire “suspicious in nature.” The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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