Updated: Two Ludlow residents treated following house fire

LUDLOW — Two occupants of a Ludlow home were transported to an Urbana hospital early Wednesday morning following a fire that heavily damaged the dwelling.

Ludlow fire Capt. Matthew McCallister said the residents, Thomas and Yvonne Paul of 233 Katie Ave., were transported for treatment due to smoke inhalation. They were treated and released at Carle Hospital.

McCallister said the Pauls were talking when they were transported.

According to McCallister, Thomas Paul discovered the fire when he saw sparks coming from a wall outlet. Firefighters were called about 12:30 a.m.

“Before (he) knew it, he said you had fire in the front room. The front room and contents were fully involved,” McCallister said.

McCallister, who said the front room “is totally gutted, estimated damage at from $60,000-$70,000.

“With the heat and smoke throughout the rest of the house, it’s going to be pretty much a total loss,” the fire official said.

Thirteen firefighters responded to the call with two engines. They cleared the scene about 2:45 a.m.

Cause of the fire is believed to be electrical.

Champaign County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

Paxton firefighters were called via mutual but the call was later canceled before they reached the scene, McCallister said.



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