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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Fire guts Equality home

  • For about four hours Thursday Equality firefighters battled a fire that left a home at 627 McHenry St. gutted.
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  • For about four hours Thursday Equality firefighters battled a fire that left a home at 627 McHenry St. gutted.
    Fire Chief Preston Beaver said the family of Andrew and Julie Lundsford and their two children had not gotten word Gallatin County School was closed in anticipation of inclement weather and assumed the daughter had missed the bus.
    Julie Lundsford loaded up the children to take the girl to school, found the school closed and returned at about 8 a.m. to find the house on fire.
    "When they came back there were flames coming out the windows," Beaver said.
    Equality called for mutual aid from Eldorado Fire Department for a pumper truck and manpower and attacked the blaze that had reached into the attic.
    "The weather was a factor; it was a little windy. When we got in after it it was pretty tough to get it out when the roof started falling in," Beaver said.
    The father was at work in Dongola during the fire Beaver said.
    Eldorado remained on the scene about three hours.
    Beaver judged the house to be a total loss.
    "It was gutted," he said.
    The cause of the fire is undetermined, but Beaver said it appears to have started in the kitchen area.

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