Fire of unknown origin heavily damages vacant house at 1118 Lind

Posted: Jan. 19, 2013 11:24 pm Updated: Feb. 3, 2013 12:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Quincy Police Department and Quincy Fire Department are investigating a fire that caused major damage Saturday morning to a vacant two-story house at 1118 Lind.

The two-alarm fire was initially reported at 7:47 a.m.

"The first floor was engulfed in flames when we arrived," Assistant Fire Chief Rob Tipton said. "There was lots of heavy smoke when we came up to the fire."

Tipton said firefighters managed to get the blaze under control within about 30 minutes. Crews remained on the scene until about noon.

Tipton said the cause of the fire was not immediately determined. He said the Fire Department called in police to assist with the investigation.

"They didn't find anything out of the ordinary," Tipton said.

Investigators were unable to pinpoint a cause, "so it's undetermined at this time," he said.

No one was living in the house, and the building did not have electrical or natural gas service, which "takes out some of the usual suspects" on what might have caused the fire, Tipton said.

"We don't have anything that says there were any problems there," he said. "None of the neighbors knew of anything."

Tipton said the greatest amount of damage took place in the kitchen area at the rear of the house. "There was extreme fire damage to it," he said.

Tipton said 14 firefighters and five Fire Department vehicles responded to the fire. No one was injured while extinguishing the fire.