According to a report by Brandon Atkinson, Lieutenant, Mulberry Grove FPD, the Fire Protection District was dispatched, with automatic aid from Greenville FPD, Keyesport FPD and RuralMed EMS at 5:30 pm Monday Aug. 14 to a structure fire in the 300 block of North Maple Street in Mulberry Grove, for a “confirmed structure fire” with the Bond County Sheriff’s Department deputies on the scene, helping direct traffic.
The firefighters arrived on the scene to heavy smoke from the attic of a single story residential structure with basement. The fire burned through the roof near the back of the house and was self-ventilating moments after the firefighters’ arrival. One occupant was in the building, and escaped without injury, having reportedly being alerted of the fire by a neighbor. The turtle that was inside and the dogs on the property are all safe and accounted for. The majority of the fire damage was confined to the attic and stairwell, with extensive smoke and water damage to main floor and basement. The cause of the fire is unknown but not believed to be suspicious.
Approximately 25 firefighters, 12 with the Mulberry Grove FPD, were on the scene for approximately two hours with no reported injuries.