Investigators seek cause of Champaign house fire

CHAMPAIGN — Investigators Wednesday night were trying to determine the cause of a house fire.

According to a Champaign Fire Department report, firefighters were called to a single story house at 1508 Devonshire Drive at 2:17 p.m. Wednesday after a passer-by reported seeing a fire.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke showing from the roof eaves and soffits, and a southwest corner room was on fire.

Champaign firefighters forced entry through the front door and extinguished the fire.

Thick foam insulation in the walls and ceiling required additional time to make sure the fire was extinguished.

Nobody was at home at the time of the fire.

One Champaign firefighter was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was treated and released for what the fire department called minor injuries.

Nobody else was reported hurt. A pet inside the home survived the fire.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 2:30 p.m. and left the scene by 5:18 p.m.
Total damage was estimated at $100,000.

According to the report, the house’s owner was listed as Eric K. Meyer, associate professor of journalism at the University of Illinois.

Firefighters believe the fire started in a room on the southwest corner of the home.

The cause of the fire remained undetermined on Wednesday evening.

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