Fire destroys Coulterville family's home

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

COULTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) - The Coulterville Fire Department had to call in help to fight a house fire in Saturday night.

"When we arrived there were flames coming through the roof. So it had been going for awhile," said Chief Brad Hirte

The call came in to the Coulterville Fire Department shortly after 10:15 p.m. Saturday. And the chief says he had to call for help from the Sparta and Tilden fire departments to battle the blaze.

"It was an extremely hot fire. And it seems to have started in one of the bedroom areas," Chief Hirte said.

"Most of the fire was up high in the ceiling area. And that is a very difficult fire to contend with because you have all that debris falling down on you as you are trying to put the fire out," Hirte said.

The three departments battled the blaze for several hours, before finally getting it extinguished.

But, all of their efforts to save the home weren't enough.

"In my determination I would say it's a complete loss," said Chief Hirte.

The Hand family wasn't home at the time the fire started and the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

"We have called in the Illinois State Fire Marshall's office to investigate the fire. I don't believe it is suspicious, we just can't say one way or another exactly how the fire started," said Chief Hirte

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