BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters respond to house fire

Donelle Pardee Whiting
Firefighters use a transfer basin to pump water down to the house fire on Wiegand Lane in Washington.

Washington, Germantown Hills and Morton firefighters responded to a mutual aid call for a house fire in rural Tazewell County Monday night.

Capt. Bruce Hines with the Northern Tazewell County Fire Protection District said the home at the end of a one-lane drive off of Wiegand Lane in Washington was a total loss and was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

He added that it took firefighters about 45 minutes to an hour to put out the blaze.

Because of a lack of fire hydrants and the location of the home, firefighters were unable to drive the trucks down to the house.

They set up a relay system where one truck would pump water into a basin. A second truck was then used to pump the water from the basin down to the hose firefighters used at the structure.

Hines said because of the size of the fire, he expected the men to be on scene until well past midnight.

"We will probably be out here until about 3 or 4 in the morning," he said.

Asst. Fire Chief for East Peoria and fire investigator John Knapp was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the blaze.