Updated: Fire damages vacant house in Champaign

Updated: Fire damages vacant house in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Fire did extensive damage early Thursday at a vacant house in west Champaign.

Deputy Fire Chief Steve Clarkson said Champaign firefighters were called shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday to the house at 108 S. Mattis Ave., at the corner of Mattis and Clark Street.

Heavy smoke was visible from the eaves when they arrived. The fire "appears to have started in the north end, what used to be the garage," Clarkson said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 6:06 a.m., according to a fire department press release.

"No one was in the structure and no one was hurt," Clarkson said.

He said investigators would work Thursday to determine what caused the fire. He said the house had heavy smoke damage throughout and the garage was badly damaged by fire.

No damage estimate was available.

Mattis and Clark were closed near the fire scene for a time.


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