House fire

photo by Carla Waters

Watseka Fire and other departments work the scene of a house fire in the 300 block of Victory in Watseka.

A preliminary report shows the cause of a house fire in Watseka June 22 to be electrical.

Fire Chief Tim Ketchum said he is still awaiting the final report from the state fire marshal on the fire that destroyed the house at 3:59 p.m. June 22 at 321 W. Victory.

“Bystanders advised that the residents were alerted by a neighbor, Nathan Richmond, after he saw fire in the front of the house,” Ketchum said in his report. There were no injuries related to the fire.

“All residents got out of the building. Box alarm and two additional engines were called for manpower,” Ketchum said.

There are four people living in the home, he said, and three were home at the time and were able to get out of the house.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause.

Watseka, Riverside-Watseka, Milford, Martinton, Crescent, Sheldon and Ashkum responded to the scene to help out.

Departments were back in quarters at 6:53 p.m.

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