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Large fire at Centreville home spreads to neighboring house

How a sprinkler system could save your home during a fire

Belleville Assistant Fire Chief J.P. Penet explains how a sprinkler system can save a home in a fire. Firefighters showed a demonstration during a training exercise the fire department held Wednesday in a vacant home.
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Belleville Assistant Fire Chief J.P. Penet explains how a sprinkler system can save a home in a fire. Firefighters showed a demonstration during a training exercise the fire department held Wednesday in a vacant home.

Several agencies responded to a large house fire in Centreville on Monday night that even damaged a neighboring home.

Around 5:30 p.m., crews were called to the single-story residence in the 7000 block of Ames Road, Midway Fire Protection District Chief David Easton said.

There, Easton said firefighters fought a blaze that fully involved the home, flames catching the left side of a neighbor’s home as well. Residents inside the second home fled when they noticed the fire. No one was inside the first house.

Crews were able to put the fire out, but the original home is considered a total loss, Easton said. The second home sustained “pretty significant damage” from flames and smoke.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Easton said.

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Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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