The fire spread from the lower level to the garage.

Tampico Family Needs Help After House Fire

The family living in the residence was not home when the fire started.
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A house fire in Tampico on Tuesday afternoon has left a family in need of clothing and other necessities.

Tampico Police Chief, Mike Lewis said he received a dispatch call around1:20PM to investigate a possible structure fire at 210 S. Benton Street. Upon arrival he saw heavy smoke coming from a window on the first floor of the two story house. Lewis said no one was home at the time but he did get several pets to safety.

Megan Buckley and her three children lived in the house with most of their possessions lost to smoke and water damage.

A GoFundMe Page has been set up to help the family with expenses. They are also in need of clothing Girl’s 14 slim and x small, Boy’s 14/16 pants and medium shirts, Men’s 36/32 pants xl shirts, Women’s large xl leggings and t-shirts. Clothing donations can be dropped off at 103 Ross St. in Tampico.

Several fire departments responded to the early afternoon blaze including: Tampico, Prophetstown, Yorktown, Sterling, Rock Falls, Walnut, and Mineral.

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire has not been determined.

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