Fire damages home in Vermilion County

HOMER — Fire heavily damaged a modular home in southwestern Vermilion County early Friday afternoon.

Homer Fire Chief Don Happ said firefighters were called to a home on Vermilion County Road 250 E about 12:45 p.m.

The house is about 3-1/2 miles east of Homer and about a half-mile north.

Happ said the lady living there noted that a circuit breaker in her bedroom blew, which she thought was odd. She flipped the breaker back on and shortly after saw smoke coming out the bedroom wall.

"When we got here, there were flames coming out the side of the modular home and inside the bedroom," Happ said.

The resident got out safely and firefighters had the flames knocked down is about 10 minutes.

Firefighters from Ogden, Royal, St. Joseph, Fithian and Fairmount joined Homer firefighters. There were about 25 who responded, he said.

He estimated the home as being about 2,000 square feet. It sustained heavy smoke and water damage and is temporarily not livable. Happ said damage is at least $15,000 to $20,000.

He asked for help investigating from a team of area investigators although he suspected the cause would be labeled electrical.

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