Firefighters: Rantoul fire origin suspicious

Firefighters: Rantoul fire origin suspicious

RANTOUL — Firefighters said a blaze that damaged a Rantoul home Monday is of a suspicious nature.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said the residence at 1611 Lowry Drive sustained an estimated $15,000 damage.

He said no one lived at the house. Someone had been working on it, and when leaving, turned off the electricity at 4 p.m. Firefighters received a call at 8:13 p.m. that the back of the house was on fire.

Waters said the fire was out when firefighters arrived, but was still smoldering.

"It had gotten up into the attic area," he said. "We had to open up the walls, ceiling and roof."

Waters said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The house is owned by Donald Monroe of Loda, and was being readied for rental, Waters said.

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