7/25/2017 2:37:00 PM One of two fires Sunday related to morning storm
Robinson Fire Chief Travis Miller (far left) was examining the back porch of the Jeffrey Carter residence at 1208 N. Lincoln, in the daylight Sunday following an early morning fire that started around 4:40. (Tom Compton photo)
Two early-morning fires Sunday had Robinson firefighters dodging storms and scrambling for water.
Robinson Fire Department was first called out at 4:40 a.m. for a house fire at 1208 N. Lincoln. The fire at the residence of Jeffrey Carter appeared to have started in the rear of the one-level ranch-style house.
While not suspicious, the cause of the fire is unknown and the State Fire Marshal's office has been called in to investigate, according to Robinson Fire Chief Travis Miller. The house was considered a total loss.
While fighting the fire on Lincoln, a second fire erupted on West Pine as the result of the early morning storm that passed through the area.
According to Miller, half of the firefighters were called to the Dawn Hussey residence, 408 W. Pine, at 6:29 a.m. It is believed a tree in the front of the house was blown into power lines by the storm, causing a back-feed of electricity into the house, which caused a fire in the basement that quick went up the walls to the attic.
Firefighters had to delay their entry to the house, as they received electrical shocks as they tried to enter. Once the electricity was disconnected, they were able to make entry and begin fighting the fire from the inside.
Miller said his department was assisted by LaMotte Township Fire Department from Palestine, and Oblong Fire Department.
More than 30 tankloads of water were used to fight the Pine Street fire; the water lines in the older section of town could not provide the volume of water needed to fight the fire.
United Life Care Ambulance Service was on the scene, but no injuries were reported. One cat at the Carter residence was lost, but the one on Pine Street was found safe.
Relief efforts have been established for the families at different locations.
For the Jeff Carter, men's shirts size 2X and pants 42x29 or 44x29, shoe size 8 1/2, and household or personal items may be dropped off at 1601 S. Robb, Robinson.
Donations for Dawn Mendenhall Hussey and her son, Daniel my be dropped off at the Robinson Masonic Lodge. They are in need of men's XL shirts, 32 shorts, 10 1/2 shoes; women's 4X moo-moos, 10-10 1/2 slip on shoes; as well as household and personal items.