A cigarette butt is believed to have started a fire Thursday afternoon at 1221 W. Koenig St.
No one was injured in the fire, which started around 3:30 p.m. The structure, on the corner of South Adams and West Koenig, is a house that has been converted into a duplex.
High winds on Thursday didn’t bother firefighters much, but the wind was a major factor in the blaze, Battalion Chief Scott Kuehl said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. But firefighters tend to attribute the blaze to inappropriately dumped smoking materials outside the door of the upstairs apartment, Kuehl said.
That’s where the heavy damage was, “and that’s where the fire started,” Kuehl said.
Four occupants of the ground floor were at home at the time of the fire. “They were the ones who noticed the fire” and called 911, Kuehl said.
The house is unlivable at this point due to extensive damage to the upstairs apartment and extensive water damage to the downstairs apartment, Kuehl said.
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It took about half an hour to extinguish the fire as the flames reached the attic and above the garage.
The house was added multiple times, Kuehl said, so firefighters had to check hidden spaces for a possible fire.
According to property records, the building is owned by Donald and Linda Ressler.
Four engine companies and an ambulance responded to the scene.