Ursa family loses home to fire

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URSA, Il (WGEM) — An Ursa, Illinois, home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.

Firefighters said they were called to the home at 102 Junction St. at 5:39 a.m. and found a family of four had already escaped the burning house.

Administrators at the local school said a mom and dad and two young children lived at the home, including a boy who celebrated his ninth birthday Thursday.

The school’s principal said the boy attended the local school and teachers and administrators were busy Thursday morning trying to collect clothing and other basic needs for the boy and his family.

If you’re interested in helping, the clothing items listed below can be dropped off at Unity Elementary School.

  • Men’s 30-32 pants and large shirts
  • Women’s size 9 pants, medium-large shirts and size 9 shoes
  • Boys 10 shirts and pants size 5 shoes
  • Girls 2T and size 5 toddler shoes

A Go Fund Me account has also been set up for the family. You can donate to that account here.

Firefighters said the investigation is ongoing, but initial indications point to the cause being electrical in nature.

No injuries were reported.


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Chad Mahoney

Chad Mahoney

Chad Mahoney is the News Director for WGEM News.

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