Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 12, 2014

Fire ruins family home

Several districts respond to box fire

Tony Huffman
Effingham Daily News

BEECHER CITY — Ron Buzzard walked around the house his father built in the 1940s and watched as fire decimated the rural Fayette County home.

Buzzard recounted the family gatherings that regularly occurred at the now-vacant home, which is owned by his brother, Virgil.

“That was where a bunch of us had coffee five or six days a week,” said Buzzard.

With Virgil out of town Wednesday afternoon, Buzzard watched with family and friends as firefighters sprayed 8,000 gallons of water on what little remained of the home.

Clay Jones, who lives near the property, saw the house on fire as he drove past it.

“The house was fully engulfed when we got here,” said Beecher City/Tri-County Fire Chief Doug Ray, who responded to the scene at 2:31 p.m.

Ray said there is no known cause of the fire at this time.

Despite the loss, Buzzard said he's glad no one was in the home at the time of the fire and no one will be displaced by it. He said he has a close-knit family who can still enjoy the 100-acre property.

Beecher City initially called a full-still when responding to the fire and eventually called a box fire, which brings all available assistance. Firefighters from Teutopolis, Altamont, Cowden and St. Elmo assisted at the scene. They remained on scene until 5:04 p.m.

Tony Huffman can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 138 or tony.huffman@effinghamdailynews.com.