Fire damages Champaign duplex

Fire damages Champaign duplex

CHAMPAIGN - A fire in a garbage tote spread to the side of a duplex in north Champaign early Tuesday, temporarily displacing two people.

Champaign Fire Lt. John Hocking said a fire was reported in a garbage can outside the home at 523 Nathaniel Burch just before 4:30 a.m. The fire caught siding on the side of the duplex on fire and created enough heat to break a window.

Hocking said the residence filled with smoke but the mother and child living there got out safely.

Although firefighters had the fire doused quickly, they remained there more than an hour tearing off siding to make sure the fire didn't spread further and ventilating the home. 

The residents on the other side of the duplex were able to go back in but the residents of 523 may be out a short while until repairs to an electrical box and the window are completed, Hocking said. 

Hocking said damage was estimated at $10,000. Investigators believe the fire was caused by hot charcoal briquettes being dumped in the tote.



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