At 5:40 pm Sunday afternoon, February 3rd, the Danville Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire at 103 Sycamore St. Reports from the caller to 911 stated that they heard a "boom" in the basement and when they investigated they found flames and smoke. The first unit arriving on the scene reported smoke showing from a door and a roof vent. As firefighters entered they found a fire in the basement of the home. After doing a quick search to make sure no one was inside the fire was attacked and the crews got a quick knockdown and extinguishment. All fire was confined to the basement with smoke damage to the upper floor of the home. The Red Cross was called and they are helping the family with temporary lodging until they can make other arrangements. The home cannot be occupied until repairs are made and the utilities are reconnected. The Danville Life Saving Crew responded in case there was a need. The Police Department responded to help with traffic. Units responding included 3 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Command Unit, a Safety Officer and the Fire Marshal's Office. 20 fire personnel were on the scene for 1 hour and 45 minutes. The Fire Marshal's Office determined the fire was caused by a child playing with an ignition source.
Dallas R. Swiney, Battalion Chief