Latest: 4:20 pm, 11/17/17, Friday
DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Time was not on the side of firefighters Thursday, because a home is being called a total loss. Authorities say fighting the fire was harder because people were watching.
The upscale home was on Clinton Road, on the city’s north side. Officials say it was one of the largest fires they’ve responded to.
It happened while most volunteer firefighters were still at work. It started in the attic and quickly spread.
“When we got there, we had a little ibt of smoke showing from the roof.”
Within 15-minutes, the entire, a million dollar home was in flames. It was so massive, departments had to pull their crews back. Now, all that’s left is a window.
“When it gets that dangerous, we just have to get outside and get what we can when we can.”
Despite risking their lives, Assistant Fire Chief Jake Wright says onlookers were one of the most difficult challenges.
“When people are driving down, walking around, it’s hard for us to maneuver around them and it does make our job extremely difficult.”
The fire marshal is trying to determine a cause, but the Bismarck Fire Department will always remember it as one of the most dangerous fires members have seen.
“Not of this size, in our district. Definitely one of the larger houses in our district.”
No one was home at the time the fire started.
More than 100,000 gallons of water were used fighting the fire. More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze, coming from several departments including Bismarck, Bluegrass, Lynch, Kickapoo, Rossville and Westville.
Update: 9:00 pm, 11/16/17, Thursday
DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A million dollar home is burned to the ground after a fire. It started before 4 pm, on Clinton Road.
No one was hurt, but a cat is missing from the home. Firefighters sprayed water on what was left of the home to stop it from starting again.
The Bismarck Fire Department says the fire started in the attic. It spread throughout the 6,000 square foot home while they were on the scene.
This is considered one of the biggest fires for this area because of the size of the house.
“It’s been a little bit of a challenge. When we first got here, it was mainly up in the attic, and we were not able to get to it right away. Once it burned through the roof, it took off quite a bit,” says Bismarck Assistant Fire Chief Jake Wright.
Westville, Kickapoo, Bismarck and Lynch fire crews were on the scene. The cause is still under ivestigation.
Original: 6:00 pm, 11/16/17, Thursday
DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Called to massive fire about 4:00 pm, to a house on Clinton Road.
More than a dozen trucks responded to the scene. Officials say no one was inside at the time.