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Structure fire in Decatur

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By Richard Greene
A fire tore through an outbuilding behind a residence at 502 W. Brady St. in Decatur Saturday evening.
Decatur firefighters from three trucks and additional firefighters from Bridgeport limited the fire to just one of the two outbuildings behind the home and a vehicle parked inside it. Firefighters stopped the blaze before spreading to the other building or engulfing a large boat parked nearby. The boat suffered only minor damage.
At the scene, Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said firefighters were still working to determine the cause of the blaze that destroyed the building.
“We know they do some upholstery work in the buildings but we just don’t know what caused it yet,” Richardson said. “We’ve got an area where we think it started.
“Right now, we’ve got everyone out of there. We have some electrical lines arcing.”
Firefighters were toned out for the structure fire at 5:35 p.m. The building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
Richardson said an original report said someone was inside the building but by the time the fire was extinguished everyone had been accounted for.
The outbuilding was made of metal and tin. Richardson said there was a upholstery supplies and other combustible materials inside.

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