A fire last night has declared a home a total loss.
At about 11:30 p.m. Thursday night, Chief Bill Stone and the Henderson Fire District responded to calls of a house fire at 15 Angling Road.
The home was about 2 1/2 miles northwest of Carl Sandburg College. A family of four and their pets were home at the time but were able to escape the blaze.
Frigid cold and strong winds from the west made fighting the fire extremely difficult. Firefighters fought the blaze for 2 1/2 hours.
Rio Fire Chief Chris LaGrow tells WGIL that, “freezing temperatures made battling the blaze difficult.”
In addition to the Henderson Fire District, responding was the Galesburg, Rio, Oneida-Wataga, and Central Warren Fire Protection Districts.
No official cause has been determined, according to LaGrow.