Fire Destroys Champaign County Home

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Broadlands - A early morning fire Wednesday destroys a vacant home in Broadlands and forces neighbors out of their home. 
Broadlands fire officials say they received numerous calls on the fire at 206 S. Grant St. just before 3:00 a.m. When crews arrived on scene they say the house was completely on fire. 

In addition to the fully involved house, several houses nearby were at risk due to large amounts of burning embers being lifted by heat and carried by wind.  Fire Officials say that no nearby homes were damaged from the fire. 

Due to the amount of water needed to protect those houses and put out the fire, additional water had to be shuttled from Longview to Broadlands using tankers from numerous area fire departments.

The fire was under control in less than an hour.  Crews remained on scene battling persistent hot spots.

Captain Peter Zurich with Broadlands Fire Department tells WAND the house was for sale at the time of the fire and was listed for approximately $40,000.  .

MABAS Division 28 fire investigators and the Office of the State Fire Marshal were requested to respond to the scene to assist with the fire investigation.  At this time the investigation is ongoing and no origin or cause has yet been determined.

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