Urbana house fire started in kitchen

Urbana house fire started in kitchen

URBANA — A fire that apparently started near a dishwasher heavily damaged a central Urbana home Saturday afternoon.

Urbana Fire Chief Mike Dilley said a neighbor saw smoke coming from the house at 1102 Wabash Ave., about 2:50 p.m. and called for help.

The resident had left about 1:30 p.m. and no one else was in the one-story house. She came home with her dog while firefighters were still there.

Division Chief Russell Chism said firefighters got the fire out quickly. Fire damage was limited to the kitchen but there was heavy smoke and heat damage throughout the house, he said.

Chism said firefighters were confident the fire was accidental but would let insurance company investigators determine the actual cause.

Dilley estimated damage at $40,000.

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