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By Cody Bozarth cbozarth@civitasmedia.com



Cody Bozarth | Journal-CourierFirefighters gather hoses Wednesday after extinguishing a fire at a rural Roodhouse home.
Cody Bozarth | Journal-CourierFirefighters gather hoses Wednesday after extinguishing a fire at a rural Roodhouse home.
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Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire Wednesday that burned a one-time schoolhouse east of Roodhouse.


The Roodhouse Fire Department was called to the residence on Greene County Road 2475 North and Greene County Road 1575 East about 8:45 a.m.


Fire Chief Terry Hopkins said the property, formerly a two-room brick schoolhouse, has been a residence for more than 40 years.


“The entire east side of it is an add-on and it was completely involved when we got here,” Hopkins said.


He said there were two people in the home at the time. Both were able to make it out of the house safely and no injuries were reported.


Hopkins said the report was originally called in as a kitchen fire, but he was waiting to conduct an investigation to determine the cause.


The fire gutted the add-on portion of the building and caused smoke and fire damage to the rest of the house.


Firefighters from White Hall were called for support, and Greenfield Fire Department was called to assist in hauling water to the scene.


“We have a really good co-op alliance with all departments in Greene County,” Hopkins said. “This is just one good situation of why we set this up years ago. It works wonderful. In the summer, with the heat, you don’t know how many guys will show up on volunteer service.”



Cody Bozarth can be reached at 217-245-6121, ext. 1223, or on Twitter @JCnews_Cody.


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