Firefighters have been busy as they battled two fires in our area in the bitter cold. The first, Monday afternoon, destroyed the home of Thomas Owens and Mary Hamm near Indianola. The second blaze, last night along East Main Street in Danville, left extensive damage at a vacant home.
Carroll Township Firefighters responded to the blaze at the Owens residence on East 350 North Road. They received mutual aid from the Ridge Farm, Georgetown, Sidell, Lynch, Catlin, Westville, Fairmount and Chrisman Fire Departments. All total nearly 60 firefighters were on the scene fighting the blaze in the bitter cold.
There were no injuries. The family has five school-aged children and lost all of their belongings. Although the family is safe, fire officials say there was no insurance on the home.
The fire at the vacant home in Danville was near the Danville Area Community College campus.
[This story posted on December 12, 2018.]