Update: Cause Of Mattoon Fire Determined


MATTOON – Investigators now know what caused a fire at a house on Moultrie Avenue.

Authorities say the fire started when smoking material was not disposed of properly. Mattoon fire crews were dispatched to a house fire at 3:37 PM on Monday, March 28.

The Mattoon Fire Department sent the crews to 2921 Moultrie Avenue, where they reported finding fire and smoke coming from the west side of the residence through a window that had self-vented. They were able to gain access to the structure through the front door and extinguish the flames. Officials say the scene was cleared by 6:05 PM.

This fire mainly damaged the living room area of the home, but smoke and water damage was also prevalent throughout the rest of the residence.

According to fire officials, the one resident was able to escape the structure without injury. He experienced a non-life threatening injury to his leg when he got outside but was assessed and bandaged up by fire department personnel.

The Red Cross was notified of the fire and assisted at the scene. Aside from Mattoon fire crews, Charleston fire personnel and Mattoon officers were also on scene.

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