Fire makes mobile home on Cutright Street a total loss

Marianne Gillespie
Chillicothe firemen responded to a mobile home trailer at 1722 Cutright St.

Thursday night Chillicothe firemen knew they would be tending to a fire — the IVC Homecoming bonfire on school grounds.

They had not planned for a blaze to break out on the city’s north side. With the firetruck horns blaring, some residents feared something had gone awry at the bonfire, but that was not the case.

Around 8:30 p.m., a neighbor reported a fire at a mobile home at 1722 Cutright St.

“We got a great response because we were all at the bonfire,” said Chillicothe Assistant Fire Chief Mike Denzer.

About 20 firemen responded to the scene and remained there for about 90 minutes. The blaze was under control in about 20 minutes, Denzer said.

Owned by Matt Nelson, the mobile home was an entire loss, Denzer said, with about $25,000 worth of damages. The occupant got out and no one was hurt. The cause of the fire is undetermined but is not suspicious, Denzer said.

It was not the first fire of the week that Chillicothe firemen were called to the scene of a fire.

Around 9 a.m. Sept. 20, an electrical fire broke out at 915 W. Sycamore St., causing minimal damage at the rear of the residence. Ameren Illinois was notified for assistance, and damage to the home was around $5,000, Denzer said.

Later that afternoon, firemen were called to assist Dunlap Fire Station No. 2 with a working house fire at 5437 N. Big Hollow.