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Emergency personnel respond to house fire

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 2:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 2:36 p.m. CDT

NORMANDY — Area emergency personnel responded to a weekend house fire in Normandy in northwestern Bureau County.

On Monday, Walnut Fire Chief Matt Michlig said the Walnut Fire Department got its call about 2:15 p.m. Saturday to respond to a structure fire in Normandy. Upon arrival, firefighters found a fully engulfed garage, with the east side of the nearby two-story house also on fire.

Firefighters were on the seen for about two and one-half hours, Michlig said. The garage was a total loss and about 25 percent of the house was also heavily damaged, leaving the house not livable at this time, the fire chief said.

There were people within the house at the time of the fire and the renter called in the fire, Michlig said. One person from the house needed treatment for smoke inhalation and a firefighter received a minor hand injury.

The fire appears to have started in the garage, but the state fire chief has ruled the cause of the fire to be undetermined, Michlig said.

Assisting the Walnut Fire Department at the scene were the Tampico, Manlius and Ohio fire departments, and the Princeton and Tampico ambulances. The Bureau County Red Cross also responded to the fire and are assisting two adults who lived at the home.

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