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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Two houses damaged in weekend fires

  • HARRISBURG - Harrisburg firefighters responded to two house fires over the weekend, one of which caused major damage and one fire was contained to an attic.
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  • Harrisburg firefighters responded to two house fires over the weekend, one of which caused major damage and one fire was contained to an attic.
    The first fire was 203 W. Raymond St., Harrisburg, at the home of Kyle Smithpeters. Firefighters arrived at 4:58 p.m. Sunday to find smoke coming from all slides of the roof line and from the corner of the house near the front porch entrance, according to the fire report.
    Firefighters believe the fire began at that corner and spread up inside the wall to the attic. Firefighters extinguished the fire at the corner and front porch and cut a hole in the roof to reach the attic
    The main floor received no fire damage, but received some water damage and the attic and front door area sustained fire damage.
    The cause is unknown.
    The second fire was 2:23 a.m. Monday at 8670 Old Route 13, Harrisburg, the home of Illinois State Police Lt. Kenneth Ryder, according to Harrisburg Fire Captain James Jones.
    Carrier Mills Fire Department responded to the call and requested mutual aid of a tanker and manpower from Harrisburg.
    Jones said a garage and portion of the house adjoining the garage were most heavily damaged by fire and three vehicles — one inside the garage and two outside, one of those outside being Ryder's state police cruiser, were damaged.

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