Monmouth firefighters battle weekend blaze

No injuries were reported after a residential fire in Monmouth this weekend.

According to a release from the Monmouth Fire Department, firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from inside a home at 407 North 10th Street at around 12:50 on Sunday, May 16. Heavy smoke and flames were encountered when firefighters arrived on the scene.

A search for occupants in the home was conducted, to which firefighters retrieved a dog from the inside of the structure suffering from overheating and smoke inhalation.

Oxygen and cooling techniques were administered to the family pet by paramedics and fire personnel. After a few minutes, the dog had recovered and was transported to a veterinarian for a check-up. No human occupants were injured during the fire.

A request for mutual aid was made with a number of fire departments responding. The fire was contained to the structure and did not spread to adjacent properties.

The location was secured in about four hours after a series of offensive and defensive tactics were performed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office.

Other agencies who responded to the incident include the Cameron, Kirkwood, Galesburg, and Roseville fire departments, Galesburg Hospital Ambulance Service, and Monmouth Police Department.

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