Fire does $10,000 to vacant Mansfield house

Fire does $10,000 to vacant Mansfield house

MANSFIELD — A fire at an unoccupied house in northern Piatt County late Wednesday morning is being investigated by the state fire marshal's office.

Todd Jones, chief of the Northern Piatt Fire Protection District, said his department was called at 10:50 a.m. to a fire at 208 E. Griggs St., Mansfield.

Jones said while the house was unoccupied, it was still filled with items from its late resident, who died about nine months ago.

"The fire was contained mostly to the upstairs and attic area of the two-story house," Jones said.

Jones said the utilities to the home had been shut off, making the cause of the fire questionable. He said it appeared to have started in an upstairs bedroom but there was no obvious cause.

Jones said about 20 firefighters responded. His department had help from the Mid-Piatt and Cornbelt fire protection districts.

Although they had the flames controlled in about 20 minutes, he said it took a few hours to go through items to make sure the fire was out.

Firefighters were there until about 2:30 p.m.

Jones estimated damage to the house and contents at $10,000.

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