The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 12, 2012

Child with lighter starts house fire


DANVILLE — Firefighters faced off with strong winds as well as flames at the scene of a house fire Sunday morning.

Danville Fire responded to the report of a house on fire just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday at 1014 N. Franklin St.

Assistant Chief Tom Pruitt said firefighters arrived at the two-story home and immediately had to begin spraying down a house next door as winds were pushing flames toward it.

Winds in Danville on Sunday were recorded at as high as 24 mph during the fire with guts up to 35 mph.

Fie investigators concluded their look into the blaze, Pruitt said, and the cause was determined to be a child playing with a lighter. The fire began in a living room-area of the home, where Wilma Austin was living.

Pruitt said Austin and the other occupants escaped the home without injury. Two people suffered minor cuts to their hands while breaking a window early into the blaze in an attempt to help a child escape. But Pruitt said the child had already made it out through a door.

A working fire detector in the home alerted residents inside to the fire.

Firefighters were on the scene until around 2 p.m.