Decatur fire 6-10

Decatur firefighters were called to a house fire at 9:37 p.m. Sunday at 1215 E. Main St.

DECATUR — A Decatur home was likely destroyed by fire Sunday evening, fire officials said.

Decatur firefighters were called to 1215 E. Main St. at 9:37 p.m. and arrived to find flames showing on the back side of the home and threatening structures to the west, Chief Jeff Abbott said.

Abbott said the fire, which eventually emerged from the front roof of the multi-story home, was brought under control within 30 minutes, but kept firefighters busy as they tracked its movements to different levels through the walls. He said damage to the home was extensive.

Battalion Chief Jim Ohl said the home was full of boxes, furniture and other items, a situation that typically causes more complications for firefighters.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 12:34 a.m., Ohl said. The fire caused over $11,600 in damages.

Jasper Street, between Prairie Avenue and Wood Street, was blocked to vehicle traffic.

The owner of the home was not at the residence and was currently living elsewhere, Ohl said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and is still under investigation.

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