Of­fi­cials sus­pect over­heated fur­nace in mo­bile home fire

Belleville News-Democrat - - Local - BY HANA MUSLIC hmus­[email protected] Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_­mus­lic

Mul­ti­ple agen­cies re­sponded to a fire at a trailer in State Park on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that was started by a sus­pected over­heated fur­nace.

Just be­fore 4 p.m., a neigh­bor called 911 to re­port smoke com­ing from a home in the 500 block of Clarence Street, State Park fire Chief Herb Sim­mons Jr. said. When fire­fight­ers ar­rived, they did not see flames or smoke com­ing from the house.

Sim­mons said the as­sis­tant fire chief looked into the home to see whether any­one was in­side and ob­served heavy black smoke. Caseyville and Fair­mont City fire de­part­ments were called to as­sist.

No one was in­side, but the floor and rear bed­room were se­verely dam­aged, Sim­mons said. Though a cause had not been de­ter­mined, Sim­mons pre­dicted the fur­nace was to blame.

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