Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

October 31, 2013

Six cats perish in house fire

Jackson Adams
Effingham Daily News

NEOGA — A Neoga woman lost her home and cats to a Thursday morning fire.

At 9:47 a.m., Neoga Fire Protection District received a call about a burning house at 55 Erwin Drive. Neoga and Wabash firefighters responded to the scene to find the home fully engulfed. Firefighters were on the scene until 11:52 a.m. and declared the house a total loss.

"It's nonlivable now," said Neoga firefighter Bridgette Roderick.

Resident Vickie Erwin was not at home during the fire. No one was injured, although Erwin's six cats died in the fire.

"God is with me, and I'll have to walk each step through this," she said.

Erwin said she would be staying with friends while she waits for the insurance to work out and to see what could be salvageable from the home. The cause of the fire is undetermined, although representatives from the State Fire Marshall were at the scene.

Erwin said she was thankful no one was hurt in the fire.

"The Neoga firefighters and the Wabash firefighters did a great job," she said. "Nobody was hurt and no firefighters were hurt, so thank God for that."

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.