PESOTUM — Aided by high winds, a fire destroyed a rural Pesotum home on Tuesday afternoon.
Nobody was hurt in the fire, according to Pesotum Fire Chief Steve Schaefer.
Earl Ray of Murdock said he was driving on a rural road northeast of Pesotum on Tuesday afternoon when he saw smoke and flames coming from a two-story farmhouse at 465 County Road 1100E about 2 1/2 miles north of Pesotum, at 2:34 p.m.
Ray said he borrowed his daughter's cellphone and reported the fire.
Pesotum Fire Department firefighters were joined by firefighters from Bondville, Homer, Ivesdale, Philo, Sadorus, St. Joseph-Stanton, Savoy and Tolono, Schaefer said. The first firefighters arrived at 2:42 p.m., according to a fire department report.
"When we arrived on the scene, the house was fully involved in flames," Schaefer said.
Schaefer said the high winds helped to accelerate the fire, which could be seen nearly 5 miles away.
Firefighters sprayed down a propane tank not far from the house in an effort to prevent the fire from reaching it.
"We wanted to keep it cool so it wouldn't explode," Schaefer said. "The wind made fighting this fire really tough."
When the resident Lucas Rund arrived, he found the house nearly burned to the ground. Rund said there was nobody inside the house, and he planned to spend the night with his parents.
Schaefer said firefighters had the fire under control by 3 p.m. and left the scene at 4:32 p.m.
Schaefer said it was a total loss, with damage estimated at $120,000.
He said the cause of the fire was undetermined.