House owned by former Urbana fire chief catches fire
BROADLANDS — So who does the fire chief call when his house catches fire?
Well, as it turns out, he still calls the fire department, but it’s a little more ironic.
A rental property at 419 County Road 2700E owned by former Urbana Fire Chief Mike Dilley broke out in flames Friday. Dilley suffered minor burns to his hands while trying to put the fire out, he told a WDWS reporter, and the damage was contained largely to the basement.
Dilley, who still lives in Urbana, said the fire started in a hot water heater in the basement. That’s where he was at the time it broke out.
There were some broken windows on the first floor and smoke damage throughout two-story farm house.
Homer Fire Chief Don Happ estimated the damage at $30,000.
Dilley retired in July 2013 after 30 years in fire service and six years as the chief of the Urbana Fire Department. He was well known for responding to and participating in every working fire, even as an administrator.
WDWS staff reporter Tim Ditman contributed to this report.