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Community members step up to help family after a house fire

DANVERS, Il. - A fire in Danvers Sunday morning completely ruined a family's farmhouse.

Firefighters were called to the home shortly after 2 a.m. They arrived to flames consuming the entire foundation and roof, but luckily none of the five residents were injured.

The cause of fire is still under investigation but the Danvers Fire Chief, Glenn Rosecrans, says this was one of the most aggressive fires he's seen in a while.

"It's not what we usually see especially here at the fire department," said Rosecrans. "We see some fire near town but most of of them are able to be controlled. A lot of that has to do with the early warning of smoke detection. I don't know anyone that doesn't have a smoke detector in their house but if they don't they definitely should."

The home was equipped with smoke detectors, but because the fire started outside, it was to late.

There is not yet an estimate on the damage, but the Parent Teacher Organization at Thomas Metcalf School in Normal launched a Go-Fund-Me page to assist the family for their losses.

Since the fire, they've raised over $16,000 which surpassed their initial goal of $15,000. The Fire Chief says he's happy to see the community rally around the well known family in their time of need.

Anyone wishing to help can visit https://www.gofundme.com/dearing-family-needs.


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