An Effingham home near Heartville was damaged in a fire Tuesday evening, according to the Watson Fire Protection District.
Authorities said Watson firefighters were dispatched to a home at 7996 N. 1525th St. southeast of Heartville after the homeowner, Jake Kreke, arrived at the residence to find it full of smoke, and he saw flames inside. A full still alarm was assigned to the residence immediately.
The first engine reporting to the scene observed moderate smoke showing from the rear of the home, and Kreke advised personnel that he saw fire in the laundry room near the back door of the residence. Engine company members stretched an attack line to the rear door and entered the residence to begin an interior attack.
Authorities said smoke conditions were heavy throughout the residence, and the majority of the fire was located around the washer and dryer. The fire was contained to the laundry room, and the ceiling and the floor in the laundry room were opened up to make sure the fire had not spread to the attic or crawl space of the home.
The entire residence suffered smoke damage, and some water damage was reported in the laundry room. Authorities said estimates for the cost of the damages is unknown.
An initial investigation by authorities determined the point of origin was near the dryer, but the cause is unknown. The Illinois State Fire Marshal was called in to further investigate.
Authorities said Watson Fire cleared the scene after two hours, and due to high heat and humidity conditions at the time of the fire, all personnel actively working were rotated through a rehabilitation sector and checked out by Abbott EMS personnel on scene; Thirty firefighters were on scene operating at this incident.
The Watson Fire Protection District was assisted by the Effingham Fire Department, Shumway Fire Protection District, Dieterich Fire Protection District and Teutopolis Fire Protection District. Also on scene was Norris Electric Cooperative, and covering the Watson Fire Station were Altamont Fire Protection District and Edgewood Bi-County Fire Protection District.