The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 18, 2014

Firefighters battle 3 separate blazes

Causes remain under investigation

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — City firefighters were busy during the weekend, handling a trio of fires in homes around Danville.

Three house fires were reported Saturday and Sunday to Danville Fire Department, the first coming at 10:18 p.m. Saturday at 1109 N. Bowman Ave.

Assistant Chief Tom Pruitt said firefighters arrived on the scene to find heavy smoke already emerging from the structure, which had been undergoing renovations. The two-story home was vacant at the time of the fire.

Firefighters worked for almost an hour and a half before bringing the fire under control. Personnel remained on the scene until around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Pruitt said the cause of the fire and where it started inside the home remain under investigation.

Damages to the home were estimated at $35,000.

On Sunday, the fire department had overlapping calls late in the afternoon beginning with a report of a house fire at 4:49 p.m. at 15 Prairie St.

According to Pruitt, fire personnel arrived at the scene to find smoke and fire coming from the side of the two-story structure just off North Vermilion Street.

The flames were brought under control in about 15 minutes. Damages were estimated at $20,000.

A cause for the blaze remains under investigation, Pruitt said. He noted the fire began in a room on the second floor of the home.

The third fire was called in to firefighters at 5:04 p.m., just minutes after the Prairie Street blaze.

Pruitt said the fire at 1007 N. Walnut St. began on a chair in the home. The residents were home at the time of the blaze. Losses were estimated at $1,000.