It appears Monday night’s fire that destroyed a home in rural Mendota started in the kitchen.

A report of the blaze has been put out by the Mendota Fire Department.  It says three occupants of the home were outside the burning one-story house when firefighters arrived just after 10 Monday night.  After going inside the kitchen to battle the fire, firefighters were quickly pulled out due to 30 mile per hour wind gusts aiding the flames. For whatever reason, one of the persons living at the home went back inside during the fire but eventually came back out a window.  Two victims were treated at OSF in Mendota.  No firefighters were hurt despite the freezing temperatures.

The state fire marshal’s office is still investigating why the fire started.  The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced family. 

Firefighters were called back to the gutted home twice yesterday to put out hotspots. 

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