Illinois News

Ursa family safe after house fire

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 29, 2018 5:25 pm

URSA, Ill. -- A family of four escaped a fire Thursday morning that caused significant damage to their Ursa home.

Firefighters with the Ursa Fire Department were called about 5:30 a.m. to the report of the structure fire at 102 Junction.

Fire Chief Terry Fuller said that when firefighters arrived they saw flames shooting through the front window and door.

It took firefighters about two hours to extinguish the blaze. There were no injuries reported.

"What it did was it went up into the attic above the second story, and we lost the roof also," Fuller said. "But the upstairs rooms were OK. It was just the attic space and the roof that we lost."

Fuller said a smoke detector alerted the family of two adults and two children.

"The fire detectors saved their lives," he said. "People need to understand that fire detectors are an important part of your household."

A portion of Ill. 96 was temporarily closed to allow for the Mendon Fire Department, which assisted Ursa, to access a hydrant.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshal and insurance investigators.

Crews remained on the scene about four hours.

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