Fire destroys home in Chillicothe

By WEEK Producer

January 27, 2013 Updated Jan 28, 2013 at 11:52 AM CDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ill -- A fire destroyed a Chillicothe home Saturday night, and it took a handful of departments to put out the flames due to a lack of water.

The Chillicothe Fire Department is the leading agency, and crews were on the scene around 9:30 Saturday night, working into the early hours of the next morning.

Chillicothe Fire Chief John Myers says the the house at 12907 Route 29, near the Caterpillar Mossville plant, appeared to be a total loss.

He says when firefighters arrived, the first floor had collapsed into the basement.

Chief Myers says crews from surrounding towns had to supply extra water tankers, since there were no fire hydrants nearby.

Authorities say at least four people were at home but escaped in time to call from a neighbors house.

One firefighter was sent to the hospital due dehydration and overexertion. He was treated and released.

Authorities are not releasing the cause of the fire.

Damages are estimated at $140,000.

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