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Home damaged in Wednesday morning fire

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 30, 2015 8:25 am
QUINCY -- Investigators will be on the scene searching for the cause of a Wednesday morning fire in an apparently vacant home on Quincy's north side.

Firefighters were called to 1017 N. Ninth about 5:50 a.m.

The first crews found heavy smoke and flames showing from the west side of the structure.

"The first crews took a hose in through the rear door. They quickly contained the fire, which was contained to one room," Assistant Chief Bernie Vahlkamp said.

The home apparently was being renovated, with parts of the floor and ceiling open and debris inside the structure.

"We're trying to get to all the hot spots," Vahlkamp said. "We're finding little flare-ups throughout the building."

Twelve firefighters from three engine companies battled the blaze, which spread smoke throughout the neighborhood.

A neighboring resident, who did not give her name, said the home had been vacant for some time.

Vahlkamp said he requested two investigators for the scene to try to determine the cause of the fire.

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