UPDATE: An Effingham home was damaged during a fire that occurred on Wednesday morning.
According to a post on their Facebook Page, the Effingham Fire Department was paged to a reported house on fire in the 700 block of Parkview Street at 6:43am. A caller had reported seeing smoke coming from the residence. Upon arrival by fire crews, smoke was confirmed to be showing from three sides of the residence. The Fire Department then upgraded their call to a full-still, pulling additional crews. They then entered the residence and reported smoke filling the house with zero visibility. The Department then found the fire in the basement and extinguished it.
The home has been deemed uninhabitable with heavy smoke damage to its entirety and fire/heat damage in the basement. The damage is estimated at $90,000 for the structure and $25,000 for its contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Effingham Fire Department received assistance from the Teutopolis Fire Department, Montrose Fire Department, Shumway Fire Department, and Abbott Ambulance.
Effingham Fire Department is on scene at a structure fire on Parkview Street. Please avoid the area and seek an alternate route.
We will update this story as more details become available.