MATTOON -- Firefighters extinguished a house fire along west Richmond Avenue early Tuesday afternoon after a mail carrier noticed smoke emanating from this structure and called 911.
Shift Captain Sean Junge with the Mattoon Fire Department said the passing mail carrier heard a smoke alarm sounding from within the house at 3013 Richmond Ave., investigated the noise, and then saw the smoke.
Junge said the arriving firefighters found light smoke coming from the house, entered the structure, and found a fire in the utility room. He said they extinguished the fire, vented the smoke from the house, and cleared the scene by 3:08 p.m. A Mattoon Fire Department backup unit was dispatched to the scene as a precaution because the call involved a structure fire.
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"Luckily, the fire was contained to the utility room itself," Junge said.
The house was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported, Junge said. The fire appears to have been caused by an electrical malfunction within the utility room, he said.