Jonesboro, IL police chief's home catches fire, nothing salvageable upstairs

Fire broke out at a home in Jonesboro, IL (Source: KFVS)
Fire broke out at a home in Jonesboro, IL (Source: KFVS)
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JONESBORO, IL (KFVS) - Fire officials said a blaze broke out Monday morning around 8:25 a.m.

They said it was the home of Jonesboro Police Chief David Wilkins.

The flames were contained to the upstairs part of the home where nothing is salvageable. Downstairs has water damage and the entire structure has smoke damage.

Officials said they do not know the cause at this time but the Jonesboro Fire Department will contact of the state fire marshal for further investigation.

Cobden, Wolf Lake, and Anna fire officials also responded,

"I just knew that we were going to need water resources being in a rural area," said Asst. Chief Michael Hunter, Anna Fire. "We did have a pond where we could draft water out of if need be. I knew who's address it was and we've been friends for a long, long time. We worked together for 20 years."

Wilkins' wife was only one in the home at the time of the fire and officials say she is uninjured.

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