Effingham firefighters respond to garage fire

The Effingham Fire Department responded to a garage fire Wednesday at 611 South Fourth Street in Effingham around 3:40 p.m. Fire Chief Bob Tutko said there appeared to be foam and other materials used for reupholstering stored inside the 2 1/2-story structure. Firefighters extinguished the fire around 4:10 p.m. Tutko said firefighters on scene were being rotated for safety reasons because of the heat, and the Teutopolis Fire Protection District was on scene to assist the Effingham crews. The cause of the fire was undetermined Wednesday evening and an investigation is ongoing, Tutko said.