Fire destroys 100-year-old home in Gibson City

Fire destroys 100-year-old home in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — The state fire marshal's office was unable to determine the cause of a fire early Tuesday morning that destroyed a 100-year-old home in Gibson City.

Gibson City Fire Chief Bruce Kallal said firefighters from Gibson City, Sibley and Elliott responded at 1:42 a.m. Tuesday to the fire at the two-story Victorian home at 526 N. Sangamon Ave., owned by Lisa Feldman-Hasanin.

When they arrived, the house was engulfed, Kallal said.

"We fought the fire from the outside, and we made no interior attack," Kallal said.

Feldman-Hasanin was not home at the time. Her son, who was in the house, escaped with minor injuries, Kallal said.

Kallal said an investigator for the fire marshal's office visited the scene Tuesday but was unable to determine the cause due to the amount of damage. Kallal said the house, which he estimated to be valued at about $150,000, was destroyed.

Responding were 17 firefighters and four trucks from the Gibson City Fire Protection District, eight firefighters and two trucks from the Sibley Fire Protection District and 10 firefighters and two trucks from the Elliott Fire Protection District.