Fire ravages Jacksonville home
by Paige Rentz
A house fire gutted a home west of Jacksonville early Sunday morning.

The Jacksonville Fire Department was called to 119 Boozer Drive at 2:29 a.m. to fight the blaze, the cause of which is currently undetermined, according to Randy Childs, an assistant chief with the department.

No one was injured in the fire; residents of the house had been spending the night elsewhere after their heat went out and were not home when the fire broke out, Childs said.

Jacksonville firefighters had help from departments in Alexandria, Angel and Weaver, with 23 responders on scene.

By the time firefighters arrived at the home, flames had engulfed between 60 and 70 percent of the structure, Childs estimated, and the fire grew as crews worked to maintain it.

It took about two hours to bring the fire totally under control. By then the home was badly damaged.

“It’s still there, but it’s a total loss,” Childs said.

Residents of the home were staying with neighbors Sunday, he said.
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