Fire damages vacant farm house

Fire damages vacant farm house

THOMASBORO — Fire heavily damaged an unoccupied farm house south of Thomasboro Thursday morning.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Coffey said a neighbor reported at 9:13 a.m. that the house at 2268 County Road 1300 E was on fire.

"There was quite a bit of smoke," said Coffey. "They knocked it down pretty quick."

Several passing motorists on Interstate 57 could see smoke and flames and were also calling 911.

Coffey said although the structure is a two-story home, the fire was contained to what appeared to be a single-story addition to the back side,

"It looks like they're going to save most of it," he said.

Firefighters from Thomasboro were joined by the Carroll, Eastern Prairie and Cornbelt fire departments. All had to truck water to the house, which is in a wooded area.

Coffey said he could see that there were trees near the home that appeared to have been struck by lightning in Wednesday night's storms.

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