Cause of Gibson City fire unknown

GIBSON CITY — Firefighters are not sure what caused a fire that heavily damaged a Gibson City home Friday.

Gibson City Fire Chief Bruce Kallal said Friday evening that his department was unable to determine the cause or origin of the fire at the one-story home at 309 E. 11th St.

Kallal said he has no reason to believe foul play was involved but has asked for assistance from the state fire marshal's office as a precaution.

An investigator is expected to visit the scene Monday.

The fire caused an estimated $35,000 in damage, Kallal said. There was fire damage in the kitchen area, porch and attic of the home, and there was also smoke and water damage throughout, Kallal said.

The porch area was "roaring pretty good" with flames when Gibson City firefighters arrived at the home about 1:50 p.m., Kallal said. They then called for backup from the Sibley Fire Protection District. The fire was under control within 15 to 20 minutes, Kallal said.

No one was in the home at the time, Kallal said, and a dog that was in the house escaped when a police officer opened the door.

Kallal said the Gibson City department brought 11 men and three trucks, while Sibley brought four men and two trucks. The scene was cleared about 3:30 p.m., Kallal said.

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