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Basement Fire Sends Three to Hospital

Basement Fire Sends Three to Hospital

NORMAL – Local Fire and Rescue units responded to the 700 block of Normal Avenue Thursday morning after receiving reports of heavy smoke and flames coming from a house around 7:50 a.m. Upon arriving at the scene, fire crews discovered that the flames originated from the basement of the house.

Matt Swaney, who is the Public Information Officer for the Normal Fire Department, released a statement Thursday afternoon – recounting the morning’s events.

According to Swaney, “Firefighters rotated crews for an hour or so while they extinguished hot spots and ventilated smoke from the home. Ameren responded to the scene to secure the electrical service to the home. Normal Water Department also responded to shut off the water service to the home, since heat from the fire melted portions of the plumbing in the basement which resulted in uncontrolled flooding.”

Three of the four occupants were home at the time of the fire, but were able to escape safely. The occupants were then transported to the hospital with minor injuries and received treatment for minor burns and smoke inhalation. The homeowner’s two pet kittens were rescued from the inferno by the NFD, as well. The kittens were safely returned to their owner after being treated for smoke inhalation with pet oxygen masks.

After preliminary investigations, the Normal Fire Department has determined the cause of the fire to be accidental.

John Murray contributed to this story. 

John Murray

September 13th, 2018

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