Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 20, 2013

House fire strikes as family moves

No one injured

Jackson Adams
Daily News

SHUMWAY — A fire in Shumway Wednesday night hindered one family's moving plans.

At 6:24 p.m., Shumway Fire Protection District received a call from an off-duty Beecher City firefighter that a house at 206 W. North Street in Shumway was on fire. Shumway firefighters found smoke escaping through the roof when they arrived minutes later.

Effingham, Watson and Beecher City fire protection districts all responded to the scene, along with Effingham City/County Amublance. Altamont and Stewardson fire protection districts watched the station.

LeAnn Mason, who lives at the home with her husband, Kelly, and daughter, Kaylee, said the family had been out of the home since the afternoon, moving their belongings to a new house in Windsor.

"We were still planning on coming back and getting stuff," she said. "There were still dressers and a storage cabinet and the hutch. We couldn't take it all back in one go."

Mason said she was told about the blaze when her neighbor called and said the house was on fire.

"Everything seemed fine when we left," she said. "That's why we couldn't believe it."

Shumway Fire Battalion Chief Jonathon Paholke said the fire is still under investigation, but the blaze is believed to have started in the kitchen and could have been burning for hours before it was noticed.

"The house was sealed up pretty good, so we had it under control," he said.

Shumway firefighters were still at the scene Wednesday night.

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