Abandoned Plainfield farmhouse destroyed in ‘suspicious’ fire
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org November 1, 2013 11:33AM
Updated: December 4, 2013 6:29AM
PLAINFIELD — A suspicious fire destroyed an abandoned farmhouse early Friday morning.
Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said the blaze was reported shortly after 1:30 a.m. at 1502 Johnson Road in the Kendall County portion of the village.
The two-story house, which was set back about a half-mile from the road and had been surrounded by a 7-foot chain link fence. The structure was engulfed in flames with fire coming out of the roof and windows when firefighters arrived, Stratton said.
“Thank goodness it rained (Thursday night),” Stratton said. “While that dampened Halloween for the kids, it probably saved over a thousand acres of corn that were 40 feet from the house,” Stratton said.
Stratton said crews immediately started “defensive operations” to keep the fire contained to the house and did not send anyone inside. Firefighters left the house, which was knocked down to the basement, around 3:30 a.m.
“It’s definitely a suspicious fire and the police department will be investigating,” Stratton said.