Two families lose homes in Metro East fires

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CENTREVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Two raging fires close together and only about 45 minutes apart in Centreville kept firefighters in the metro east busy Monday morning.

It all started before the sun even came up. Fox 2/News 11 was there as flames shot from a home at Church Road and 59th in Centreville.

Firefighters got the call just after 6:30am and it was a tough call to get. Several of the crews that rushed to this fire came directly from fighting another fire at a home at on 40th near Bond also in Centreville.

That call came in a little before 6:00am.

Chris Davis, the Chief of the Camp Jackson Fire Protection District, was at both scenes. He says crews from three different departments went right from the first fire to the second one, “It’s real stressful on them because you know they were on the first fire with all their equipment on and they’ve got to put all their equipment up, get on the truck, rush over here, get their equipment back on, start fighting this one, so they were pretty tired.”

Alorton Fire Chief Chris Darough was the first to arrive at the initial fire. He stayed there while other crews went to the second scene, “We had enough guys here to allocate them to the other fire which was going on. You know we’re a brotherhood so you know we sent the other guys here while we mopped this up, take care of this, send them on down the road.”

The fires were only a couple of miles apart, but no connection between the two has been made.

Both homes were destroyed. Fortunately nobody was hurt.

We’re told the firefighters who fought these blazes are all volunteers – people giving their time to help keep communities safe.

“We’re ready almost every night for whatever we’re going to get dealt,” explained Davis.

Nobody was at either home when the fires started.

We’re told the state fire marshal has been called in to investigate both scenes.

No official cause has been determined, but fire officials said there was nothing immediately suspicious.

The Red Cross is helping eight people from the home on Church Road and one person from the house on 40th.

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