Wednesday fire claims Andalusia home

Posted Online: Aug. 13, 2014, 7:02 pm
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By Grayson Schmidt,
ANDALUSIA -- A family is homeless after a Wednesday afternoon fire in Andalusia.

About 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters responding to 825 5th Ave. W. found fire coming out of the front of the house, according to Andalusia Fire Chief Gary Bower. It later was determined the fire originated on the back deck, collapsing it.

One person was home taking a shower at the time of the fire but no injuries were reported, according to Chief Bower. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Chief Bower said the home was totaled, with the second floor and roof almost completely gone. He estimated the damage to be about $175,000.

He also said the Red Cross was called to assist the residents of the home, who were going to stay with family for the time being.

The Andalusia Fire Department was assisted by the Illinois City, Buffalo Prairie, and Reynolds fire departments.


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