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Morris house fire does $350,000 in damage

MORRIS -- In the early morning hours Sunday, the Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District responded to a reported structure fire at 800 Michael Drive in Morris.

On arrival fire companies where confronted with a heavy fire in two divisions of the home and on two floors, according to a news release from Chief Tracey Steffes.

The home was occupied at the time of the fire and the occupants where awaken by smoke detectors. The volume of fire and the size of the home created a challenge for firefighters. The first arriving fire companies where able to contain the fire and save a large amount of the structure.

“Chief (Bob) Wills and I are extremely proud of the men (and) women of our fire district,” Steffes said in the release. “The undamaged portion of this structure shows how training pays dividends.”

Estimated damage is $350,000 with $5,000 damage to the home located to the west of the fire building at 820 Michael Drive.

The fire has been ruled accidental by the MABAS Division 15 Fire Investigators. Minooka, Coal City, Lisbon and Seneca fire districts assisted at the scene. The MABAS Division 15 Fire Investigators where comprised of members from Morris, Troy, Coal City and Elwood fire districts, and the Plainfield Police Department. 

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