House fire displaces rural Verona family

Saturday, January 4, 2020
A firefighter is pictured on the roof of the Lankford house in rural Verona on Jan. 2, where firemen had to peel back a metal roof to access a fire between the metal cover and the shingles. Contributed photo

Three departments fight blaze for five hours

A fire on Jan. 2 has displaced a rural Verona family.

The fire took place at the Jared and Melissa Lankford home, four miles north of Verona on Farm Road 1135, where flames were discovered at 3 a.m. Verona Rural Chief Aaron Siegrist said the fire started on the front porch, traveled up the wall and spread between the shingle roof and a metal roof.

A total of 18 firefighters responded to the scene from Aurora Rural and city departments and Mt. Vernon. Siegrist noted that with mutual aid, firemen had 9,000 gallons of water on site and used 2,400. Firemen fought the fire for approximately five hours, all returning to their stations by noon.

The family, with four children, was home at the time of the fire. There were no injuries. Siegrist said the walls are still standing, though the house incurred extensive smoke and water damage. The owners said the structure is uninhabitable at the present time.

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