'Controlled burn' gets out of hand, damages home near Scott

News-DemocratMarch 17, 2014 

A controlled burn that got out of hand had nine fire departments battling a brush fire for five hours Monday near Scott Air Force Base.

Rob Stookey, assistant fire chief of the Mascoutah Fire Department, said the fire at 4470 Illinois 161 at Charles Lane was unattended and quickly spread to a home because of high winds.

Firefighters responded about 5 p.m., had the blaze under control within an hour and left the scene about 10 p.m., Stookey said. He said firefighters had limited access to the area because of a narrow driveway.

The fire destroyed a home, three recreational vehicles and a shed, Stookey said. A fourth RV had significant damage.

No one was injured. Illinois 161 was closed to motorists during the fire.

Fire departments on scene included Scott Air Force Base, St. Libory, Fayetteville and Freeburg.

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