Investigators seek cause of Danville house fire

Investigators seek cause of Danville house fire

DANVILLE — State and local fire officials are investigating a fire that heavily damaged a Danville home and displaced its occupant late Sunday night.

Danville firefighters were called to the blaze at 519 W. Williams St. at 10:09 p.m. When they arrived, the one-story wood-frame house was engulfed in flames, Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said.

Property owner Fred Neubert leased the home to a female tenant, whose name was not available. Thomason said she was visiting someone who lived down the street when the fire broke out.

Thomason said no firefighters were injured during the incident.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes, fire Capt. Don McMasters said. They stayed on the scene until about midnight making sure there were no flare-ups.

He said the house was valued at about $55,000. The blaze did about $38,000 worth of damage to the structure and contents.

"The house is pretty much a loss," Thomason said, adding the Danville arson investigation unit and state fire marshal's office are trying to determine the cause.

The American Red Cross is helping the occupant.

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