Galesburg firefighters put out Yates Street blaze

Fire personnel battled an early morning fire in Galesburg that seems to have been caused by severe weather the night before.

Galesburg emergency personnel were called out to the 700-block of Yates at around 4:47 for a structure fire.

Police officers arrived on scene first and attempted to enter the residence to see if anyone was inside — but thick smoke prevented them from getting too far into the home. Firefighters arrived shortly after and searched the residence, finding no one inside.

Firefighters arrived on scene and searched the building, resulting in no one being found.

According to a police report, officers observed a downed tree limb to have fallen onto a powerline, stretching it out across the roof. Firefighters did report that they were getting “zapped” while battling the blaze. Ameren responded to the scene and cut power to the residence.

The homeowners arrived after firefighters had the fire out. They told police that they left after the power went out. No one was left in the house except for a dog, who escaped when police arrived and was reported to be in good health.

The National Weather Service says that winds on Sunday evening were upwards of 50-MPH, resulting in tree branches and limbs being blown down, into the roads.

No injuries were reported.

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