Tuesday night fire destroys garage, classic cars

Members of the Dieterich Fire Protection District were called to a structure fire at 19086 East 600th Ave. in Dieterich Tuesday night. The fire destroyed a garage, five vehicles and the upper portion of a house. Several area fire departments, along with Abbott EMS and A-1 Emergency Medical Services, responded to the scene.

A fire destroyed five cars, a garage and the upper portion of a house Tuesday evening in rural Dieterich, according to Dieterich Fire Protection District Chief Ross Martin. There were no reports of injuries.

Members of the Dieterich Fire Protection District were called at 7:09 p.m. to a residence located at 19086 East 600th Ave. southwest of Dieterich in Elliottstown for a structure fire.

“The garage was fully involved when the first crew got on the scene,” Martin said.

In a preliminary investigation, Martin believes the fire started in the garage then spread to the second level of the house. He said a total of five vehicles were destroyed in the fire.

“Three were classic cars. The cars ranged from the early 1940s to two newer vehicles,” he said.

The fire was elevated to a second box alarm with several area fire departments responding to the scene from Effingham, Teutopolis, Montrose, Sigel, Beecher City, Edgewood, Watson and Wade Community Fire Protection District of Newton. Martin said members of the Stewardson Fire Protection District and Oblong Fire Department sent units for change of quarters.

Abbott EMS and A-1 Emergency Medical Services responded to scene.

“We really appreciate the help we received from all of the responding departments,” Martin said.

Martin estimates the damage to be between $60,000 and $70,000. He said firefighters cleared the scene at 11 p.m.

An investigator from the Office of the Illinois Fire Marshal was at the fire scene Wednesday morning. The fire is still under investigation.

Charles Mills can be reached at charles.mills@effinghamdailynews.com or by phone at 217-347-7151 ext. 126.

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Charles Mills is reporter and videographer for the Effingham Daily News. A 1983 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, he worked as senior video editor for a Nashville television station. He is a native of Vandalia.