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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Homemade stove blamed for McKinley Ave. blaze

  • Harrisburg firefighters extinguished a house fire believed caused by an improvised wood burning heating device.
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  • Harrisburg firefighters extinguished a house fire believed caused by an improvised wood burning heating device.
    At 3:39 a.m. Sunday firefighters responded to 1307 S. McKinley Ave. to find the back area of the house on fire, according to a fire report.
    Firefighter Captain Donnie Wall said the owner, Eddie Owen — who was at the home of family down the street at the time — had a fire in what evidently was a homemade “barrel burner” stove. The stove had a single wall stovepipe. Fire entered the wall and extended into the attic area.
    Firefighters were on the scene about an hour and a half.
    It was the second structure fire for the department in a week’s time. At about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday firefighters responded to 765 Pearson Road to find the back half of a house on fire.
    The home was unoccupied and is owned by Gary Evans.
    Fire had spread through the house from the lower to upper level.
    Firefighters with help from Carrier Mills firefighters who brought an engine and tanker, contained the fire and protected a nearby barn full of hay, Wall said.
    A cause for the fire is undetermined, though there was electricity running to it.

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