Fire Damages Sumner Street Home Saturday

Galesburg Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of Sumner Street in Galesburg Saturday evening.

The Fire Department received the call on the blaze just after 8:30 p.m. It took crews fewer than 5 minutes to respond to the site but, once on scene, the home was fully involved.

Firefighters took a defensive approach to the blaze — taking them about two hours to get the fire under control. As of 10:30 p.m. firefighters anticipated they would be battling hotspots for another couple of hours.

No injuries were reported in Saturday night’s fire with the resident seeking shelter in a neighboring house. Heavy damage was sustained to the roof with Fire Chief Tom Simkins saying there may potentially be collapsed portions.

Firefighters were experiencing difficulty with hose runoff freezing and causing slippery conditions and were, at one point, attempting to prevent water from entering a neighboring home’s basement.

The fire also caused damage to nearby motor vehicles. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, though fire crews fielded reports of a space heater possibly involved.

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