BREAKING: Charleston fire displaces 5 residents Sunday


Madelyn Kidd, Editor-in-Chief

Charleston Fire Department responded to a fire around 5:30 a.m. Sunday to a two-story residence structure which displaced the five residents.

CFD arrived to heavy fire coming from the garage attached to the two-story home. The fire had already reached the first floor and second floor apartments. 

The four residents on the first-floor apartment and the one resident of the second-floor apartment were home at the time of the fire and were able to escape.

Two of the residents were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

One of two cats at the home was rescued and treated on the scene with the owner making plans to get the cat to a veterinary clinic.

The second cat died in the fire.

CFD was on scene until approximately 8:45 a.m.

The fire appeared to start in the garage, according to CFD.

Both floors of the home received fire, smoke and water damage.

Due to the damage, the five residents have been displaced.

CFD called in additional help to control the fire. 

Mattoon Fire Department, Lincoln Fire Protection District, Charleston Police Department, Charleston Building Department, Mitchell-Jerdan Ambulance, Coles-Moultrie County 911, Coles-Moultrie Electrical Cooperative and the American Red Cross assisted CFD.

The fire is under investigation at this time.


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