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Wood and Monroe

Firefighters battle a house fire in the 500 block of West Wood Street. 

DECATUR — All but one Decatur fire company responded to a Monday evening blaze that destroyed a multiple-story home on the city's west end, according to Fire Chief Jeff Abbott. 

Abbott said firefighters were called to the home in the 500 block of West Wood Street between 6 and 6:30 p.m. He could not provide the exact address of the house Monday night.

When the fire crews arrived, Abbott said, heavy flames and smoke were seen coming from the front of the structure.

The fire continued to spread throughout the house, which made it difficult for firefighters to extinguish from the inside, he said. 

"Once they came toward the front, you could see fire behind them in the back," Abbott said. "So, you've got to put the fire out behind them before you can go further. It was (like) chasing our tail, basically for the first hour."

By 8:15 p.m., Abbott said ladder trucks had extinguished the main body of the fire and crews were waiting to see if any hotspots would develop.

No injuries were reported at the scene, Abbott said, and no one was believed to have been inside at the time. He said fire crews were initially told the house was vacant, but Decatur police informed him that they made contact with the homeowner. 

Abbott said the house was considered a total loss. The cause of the fire was still under investigation Monday, he said. 

The intersection of Wood and Monroe streets was closed as firefighters worked the fire. The Decatur Police Department and Decatur Ambulance Service also responded to the scene. 

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR

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