Fires reported at two Danville homes over weekend

Fires reported at two Danville homes over weekend

DANVILLE — Danville and state fire officials are investigating two house fires that occurred over the weekend.

Firefighters first were called to a blaze at a vacant house at 406 Grant St. at 3:28 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived, fire was shooting out from the front of the wood-frame house, Assistant Chief Larry Jaggers said.

"There were no services to the house, and the house had not been lived in for a number of years," Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said, adding that the fire is suspicious.

Firefighters were on the scene until 8 a.m.

Jaggers said the house was a total loss, and damage was estimated at about $25,000.

Several hours later at 1:11 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were called to another structure fire at 611 W. Seminary St.

When they arrived, heavy fire was coming from the second story of the two-story wood-frame house, Jaggers said.

Thomason said the first floor of the house was occupied when the fire broke out. He said everyone was able to get out safely.

Thomason said the owner of the structure was converting the house into two apartments and that remodeling work was being done on the second floor. However, the cause of the fire is still unknown, he said.

Jaggers said damage was estimated at about $25,000.

He added the fires are being investigated by the Illinois state fire marshal's office and Danville fire investigators.

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