VIDEO: Watch crews battle house fire in Cerro Gordo
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VIDEO: Watch crews battle house fire in Cerro Gordo

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CERRO GORDO — Fire crews from numerous areas battled a house fire Monday evening in Cerro Gordo. 

The fire was in a house located at 208 W. Carter St. No occupants were home at the time of the fire and crews left the scene at approximately 12:35 a.m., Powell said.

Emergency vehicles blocked surrounding streets as flames poured out of the two-story home. Embers were sent into the air as the fire consumed the building. Powell said efforts to douse the fire were difficult. A majority of the flames burned in the northeast corner of the residence and spread into the second story attic. 

Crews from 15 fire departments, including Cerro Gordo, Argenta, Hammond, Lovington, Cisco and Long Creek, were at the scene. 

Powell said an investigation by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal will be conducted Tuesday morning. 

A real estate listing for the home has five bedrooms and measures 2,370 square feet. Piatt County property records listed the owner as Hunley Properties, of Altamont, Illinois. The residence is two stories tall with a basement.


UPDATE: Cerro Gordo fire Capt. Michael Powell said crews responded at approximately 7:15 p.m. after a passerby reported the fire. The fire had been ongoing for about 10 minutes before crews arrived, Powell said.  

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