Update 2:50 p.m.
DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The Decatur Fire Department has released new information about a vacant house fire on West Packard Street early Tuesday morning, including the fact that the fire is now considered suspicious.
Department officials said the fire started at 4:15 a.m. Firefighters arrived minutes later and found the structure fully engulfed by flames. They were forced to adopt a defensive strategy, fighting the fire from the outside with no firefighters entering the structure.
Crews were on scene for two hours battling the flames and bringing the fire under control. No one was hurt, but the house suffered approximately $18,000 worth of damage.
The cause of the fire is unknown. Decatur Fire and Police Department personnel are investigating together.
DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Decatur fire crews responded to a vacant house fire early this morning on West Packard Street.
The Decatur Fire Department posted a picture on their Facebook page of flames shooting through the roof of the two-story building.
Officials confirmed that crews were able to get the fire under control.
Decatur Fire responded to two other fires on April 16, including another vacant house fire.
This is a developing story.