Fire destroys vacant house near Armstrong

Fire destroys vacant house near Armstrong

RURAL ARMSTRONG — State and local fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant home on Thursday.

More than a dozen firefighters from the Bluegrass and Bismarck Community fire protection districts responded to a blaze at 3493 East 2600 North Road, south of Armstrong, around 11:40 a.m. When they arrived, the one-story wood-frame house was engulfed in flames, said Garry Hawker, the Bluegrass fire chief.

"The whole roof was gone and the whole backside of the house was gone. Apparently, it had been burning for a long time because there was not much left of it," Hawker said, adding there are no other homes or businesses nearby.

Firefighters had the fire knocked down in about 30 or 40 minutes. They stayed on the scene until about 2 p.m. making sure there were no flare-ups.

"It's a total loss," said Hawker, who did not have a damage estimate.

Hawker said the house was vacant and had not been lived in for several months. He said he's still trying to determine who the owner is.

Hawker said he and an investigator from the Illinois state fire marshal's office will try to determine a cause.

"It's really too early to make a call on that just yet," he said.

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