Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2001

Flames engulf rural home west of Baldwin

April 19, 2001

Area firefighters battled a blaze Thursday afternoon at a home west of Baldwin City. Flames had engulfed the home by the time firefighters arrived. The fire was out by 4 p.m.

Authorities at the scene said no one was at home and no one was hurt by the blaze, which was reported shortly before noon Thursday. The home is a single-story brick structure about 1.5 miles west of
Baldwin on U.S. Highway 56.

However, it was all they could do just to contain the fire. The roof
was totally gone and the windows in the house were all shattered.

As of 1:15 p.m., firefighters had the blaze under control. About 20
firefighters from Willow Springs and Palmyra townships and Baldwin
were pouring streams of water on the house from different directions about 12:40 p.m.

Although it was difficult to tell where the fire started, it appeared
to be first concentrated on the back side of the house.

A high wind was rolling smoke from the blaze across U.S. 56. Douglas County sheriff's deputies were posted on either side of the smoke area to warn motorists to be careful.

(More informtion will be posted as it becomes available.)
Dave Toplikar, Assistant Editor, World Online

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