Firefighters quickly extinguish 'electrical in nature' fire at 706 Locust

Posted: Jul. 28, 2013 12:02 am Updated: Aug. 11, 2013 1:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

No injuries were reported after the Quincy Fire Department extinguished a small structure fire at 706 Locust Saturday night.

Assistant Chief James Pioch said when the first crew arrived around 9:45 p.m. the siding on the back of the house was on fire.

While the cause was not immediately determined, Pioch says it appears to be electrical in nature. Firefighters were waiting for Ameren Illinois to disconnect power to determine the cause.

"They said there were a lot of blue sparks when they put water on it," he said. "So what they had to do was from a distance is apply short bursts just to keep it down."

Homeowner Cynthia Daniel she was getting ready for bed when she saw what appeared to be lightning. Her husband, Michael Daniel, got up to investigate and discovered there was a fire. Cynthia Daniel alerted their two sons, who were home at the time, to get out of the house.