Damage in Danville house fire: $150,000

Damage in Danville house fire: $150,000

DANVILLE — Fire officials are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a house and attached garage and displaced the family on Sunday.

Firefighters were called to the fire at 111 E. Bridge St., at the east end of the road, at 3:58 p.m. When they arrived, heavy fire was coming from the first and second floor windows on the west side of the two-story wood-frame structure, according to Capt. Don McMasters.

McMasters said the family who lived in the house wasn't home when the fire broke out.

He said crews faced several challenges in extinguishing the blaze, including trying to get water.

The nearest fire hydrant "was bad and would not open up for them," McMasters said. He said the next truck was able to hook up to another hydrant.

Then a few hours in to battling the blaze, crews found some broken gas lines in the house, McMasters said.

"We had to wait for Ameren to show up and dig into the ground and find a place to cap it off for us," he said.

McMasters said firefighters also had to call the city to bring in a large backhoe.

"The roof and multiple floors collapsed upon each other like a pancake while it was burning," he explained. "We called in the high hoe to peel the layers back, so we could get water to them a section at a time."

McMasters said crews stayed on the house for close to eight hours. He said the house and an attached garage with rooms above it are a total loss, and damage is estimated at about $150,000.

He said the fire did some damage to three large threes that had branches hanging over the house. However, it didn't damage any other structures.

"All of their vehicles and a boat and a camper either were not damaged or had minor damage," he said.

The cause is still unknown. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

McMasters said one firefighter was injured during the incident. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

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