Exclusive Video of EFD on scene during the fire
Effingham, Il – Late this morning, Effingham Fire Department responded to a fire in an apartment complex located on 421 W. St. Louis, (formerly known as canary apartments).
At the time of the fire no one was inside, as they were moving to their new home.
Tenants of the apartment, Anthony Cohorst and Rebecca Myers, had left the residence around 30-40 minutes before the fire ignited in the building.
According to Landlord Amy Hibdon, the tenants lived in the apartments for approximately two years.
Effingham Fire Chief Joe Holomy stated that the cause of the fire was a coffee pot on a hot plate.
Soon after the fire began it spread from the counter to ceiling, and cabinets.
While the fire damage was solely in apartment 3 of the complex, smoke did spread to damage some of the surrounding residences in the complex.
With Effingham Fire Department initially on scene, they did receive assistance from Teutopolis Fire Department, and Abbott EMS was there on standby as well.
Chief Holomy shared that there was $30,000 in structural damage, and $2,000 in other property damage (i.e. television, clothes, etc.).