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DECATUR — The cause of a house fire discovered Monday morning is under investigation.

Two residents came home to their house in the 2000 block of North College Street at 8:30 a.m. to find evidence of a kitchen fire, said Decatur Fire Inspector Mike Wigginton. The fire ran out of oxygen and burned itself out, he said.

“It is something we don’t see very often,” he said. “A fire needs oxygen to keep burning, but if a house is tight enough, and sealed up enough then it can go out on its own.”

Heat and smoke caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the house and contents inside, and the residents were displaced. 

One of two cats inside was given oxygen by the fire department at the scene, Wigginton said.

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Contact Claire Hettinger at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @ClaireHettinger

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