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Structure Fire In Erie, IL-UPDATE

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UPDATE: Chief Rutledge says they have a possible cause to the Tuesday morning fire.

He says the owner was working inside a garage cutting wood the night before.

The owner thinks the saw was still hot and touched some sawdust.

Officials believe that is what started the fire.

The house is a total loss.

Erie Fire Chief Doug Rutledge tells us the call came in around 5:30 a.m.

There was no one living in home at the time the fire, but Rutledge says the owner lives next door and was fixing it up to sell.
He says they believe the fire started in the garage, where the owner was cutting some wood in a workshop the night before. The chief says it's most likely that the hot saw set some sawdust on fire. The house is considered a total loss.

According to Rutledge, the main problem firefighters were facing at the scene was the the lack of water.

There were around 30 firefighters on scene at 7:30 a.m. and firefighters were expected to attend to the fire for a couple of more hours to get it completely out.

ORIGINAL: Multiple fire crews were called to a stricture fire in Erie, Ill. early Tuesday morning.

The Whiteside County Sheriff's Office says crews are on the scene at 5749 Fargo Road.

Other crews from Cordova, Prophetstown, Lyndon, and Tampico were called in to assist.

KWQC's Danielle McCarthy is heading to the scene.

Stay tuned to KWQC and for updates as we receive them.

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