Firefighters battle four fires in one day

Local News

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Rantoul volunteer firefighters had their hands full this weekend with four fires in one day.

One fire happened late Saturday night in Penfield. Investigators say the cause was a furnace problem.

The lead fire investigator says fighting three other fires in the same night took a toll on the crew.

“It’s actually pretty rare. Fires kind of go in spurts. We’ll get a bunch and then have none for awhile. But having 4 in one day is kind of rare for us,” said  Fire Captain Chad Smith.

Crews had to return to the Penfield house a second time after a hot spot flared up. The home is a total loss and the man who lived there was hospitalized.

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