BREAKING: Charleston house fire displaces three residents


Rob Le Cates

Members of the Charleston Fire Department finish putting out the fire the north side of the house after a fire took out approximately half of the house at 102 North 12 Street leaving three residents displaced Tuesday evening. Authorities arrived on scene a little after four’ o’clock and Mattoon Fire Department also provided additional resources.

Madelyn Kidd, News Editor

A house fire at 102 North 12th St. in Charleston occurred Tuesday late afternoon displacing three residents of the home. One resident was present when the fire began and was able to escape through a second story window.

The resident home at the time of the fire was treated at the scene by the Charleston Fire Department. Upon arrival the fire department found a heavy fire.

CFD Fire Chief Steve Bennett said CFD received a call from dispatch at 4:04 p.m. for a structure fire. A bystander reported hearing a loud “boom” around 3:30 p.m. and went outside seeing the fire.

Additional crews were called in to help with the fire with Mattoon Fire Department providing additional resources. There was an estimate of 20 crews at the fire following the request for additional help with crews on duty and others working overtime.

The fire was under control within an hour and the crews on scene left around 7:30 p.m.

Bennett reported there were dogs which died in the structure fire.

The house sustained significant fire, smoke and water damage.

The three displaced residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.


Madelyn Kidd can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]