BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL
A house sustained major damage following an afternoon structure fire on the north side of Westville.
Firefighters from Westville responded around 4 p.m. Sunday to the single-story home at 10 Church St. Mutual aid was called in from the Catlin, Lynch and Georgetown fire departments.
Westville Fire Chief Gary Wright said the inside and outside of the rear of the older home was heavily involved with flames when firefighters arrived on the scene.
Wright said the fire was “stubborn,” but firefighters had the blaze knocked down in about an hour. Personnel were on-scene for about four hours looking for hot spots and going over the damage.
The house was occupied, but the resident was not home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.
A cause for the fire remains under investigation, but Wright said the blaze is not considered suspicious.
Also during the weekend, Danville firefighters responded to an apartment fire on the first floor of 1224 Garden Dr.
The call came in at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for the fire, which was reported in Apartment B, according to Assistant Chief Larry Jaggers.
Firefighters responding to the scene found the fire in the bedroom of the first-floor apartment. The flames were confined to that room, Jaggers said.
As a result of the smoke produced by the fire, firefighters had to rescue one person from a second-floor apartment in the building. No injuries were reported.
Jaggers said the fire was unintentional and caused by a candle in the bedroom of the apartment. Damages were estimated at $15,000 to the building and $3,000 to the contents of the apartment.
Firefighters were on the scene just more than one hour.