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|Fire Damages Galesburg Home; No Injuries
|Weather was not a factor in a late-morning fire Monday at a Galesburg home that caused some damage.
Fire Battalion Chief Brad Stevenson says crews responded to a report of smoke coming from the second floor of the one-and-a-half story home at 499 Yates Street around 11:15am Monday. Stevenson says the occupants of the home were able to evacuate safely, and were taken to Galesburg Cottage Hospital purely as a precaution, since they weren't believed to be hurt.
Stevenson tells WGIL temperatures were close to the freezing mark when they were called to the scene, but all in all, things weren't bad.
"It's cold today, but to be honest, it's actually pretty comfortable fighting the fire with the protective gear we have. It's not so bitter cold that it affected our water flow or lines, or trucks or hydrants or anything. It's actually a pretty good day for this."
Stevenson tells WGIL it's too soon to tell what exactly caused the fire that is believed to have started in a bedroom.
"We do have investigators on scene," Stevenson said. "It sounds as if both beds were consumed. But, again, we don't know if it started in the floor area or in the bed areas. That's very preliminary until the crew is done overhauling and the investigator gets in there, it's hard to say at this point."
Stevenson says there was concern that the fire would extend into the home's attic given its construction, but that ended up not being the case.
He says smoke and fire damaged the second floor of the home, while water damaged the first floor.
Photos from Monday's fire at 499 Yates St.:
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson. Editor's note: Will Stevenson and Battalion Chief Brad Stevenson are not related.)
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