Mahomet house fire under investigation

MAHOMET — Cornbelt firefighters are trying to figure out what started a fire in a small home in the heart of the village Saturday night.

Cornbelt spokesman Chad Hoffman said three of the department’s firefighters — Eric Bonham, Josh Sapp, and Travis Molitor — were in a group with their wives headed to dinner at Alexander’s Steakhouse in Champaign when they spotted flames on the back of the house at 404 E. State St.

That was at 6:24 p.m.

“The fire was on the outside,” said Hoffman.

The firefighters knocked on the door and got the man and woman there out safely, then headed back to the station to get their gear and help put the fire out.

Hoffman said the cause of the fire is undetermined but there was a power line down on the back of the house.

The flames went up the side of the single-story structure and got in to the attic.

Firefighters had to put a hole in the roof to ventilate and to make sure all the fire was out.

There were no injuries. Hoffman said damaged is estimated at $30,000.

About 30 firefighters, including some from Northern Piatt and Seymour, turned out to help. They were finished with their work about 7:40 p.m.

Hoffman said Bonham, Sapp and Molitor were among the first to be released so they could complete their dinner plans.
 

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