Stories from intrepid reporters attending the Illinois Press Foundation Journalism Workshop at Eastern Illinois University
By Shelbie Murphy
A fire destroyed two Urbana mobile homes on June 24. The fire started in a back room of 16 Toni Lane in Woodland Acres.
Officials said the fire was spread by wind gusts.
The fire also caused the side of 17 Toni Lane to be heavily damaged by melting.
There were two minors at home at the time of the fire. They were sleeping in separate bedrooms when they began to smell smoke.
They woke up and when they went to investigate, they saw flames, quickly got out of the house and called emergency services.
Almost everyone got out without any injuries, including the family dog, but unfortunately the family guinea pig perished in the fire.
The residents of the mobile home included a mother and her three children. The family does have insurance and a place to stay while the fire is under investigation.
There were multiple AC units around the home, but those have been ruled out as causes because they were not near the back of the home where the fire started.
The fire quickly destroyed these homes in Urbana. Thankfully everyone got out safe, but the results could have been much worse.(cutline)