The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 14, 2013

Officials investigate cause of fire


DANVILLE — Firefighters continue to investigate a fire started in an abandoned home during the weekend.

Firefighters responded to the fire around 4:15 p.m. Sunday at 203 W. Madison St.

City firefighter Lt. Daren Woods said the main body of fire was on the right side of the home and smoke was visible prior to the fire department’s arrival.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation as of Monday. Fire reports did not indicate whether utilities were still hooked up to the home, according to Woods.

Damages to the building were estimated at $10,000. Firefighters were on the scene for a little more than two hours Sunday.

This is the second weekend in a row during which firefighters have responded to a vacant house fire.

On May 4, Danville fire was called out to the scene of a vacant house fire at 102 Delaware Ave. Utilities were still active to that home, which sustained $20,000 in damages.

Firefighters arriving on the scene of that blaze spotted smoke coming from the eaves of the single-story home and fire was discovered in the living room area.