Fire displaces family of five


DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — A family has to find a new place to stay after a fire damaged a house they were renting.

It happened in the 1100 block of Green Street Tuesday around 8 p.m.

Someone who was dropping off one of the kids saw the fire. They called it in and said they thought a teen was inside, but they later find out no one was.

Fire crews are still investigating the fire’s cause, but they say it was mostly contained in one room of the house, however, the whole house has smoke damage.

Damage totals are around $7,000, but neither the family nor the owners of the home had insurance. The fire department say the American Red Cross is helping the family, and they have other family members in the area who are helping them.

Decatur fire crews have handled nine fire calls this year so far. They say that is typical of the colder months. They offer free smoke detectors to anyone who needs them. Fire crews say one way to stay safe this winter is to avoid using an extension cord with space heaters. They say those should be plugged directly into the wall and should not be covered up by a rug.

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