Southside Mt. Vernon Home Destroyed In Sunday Morning FireA Mt. Vernon family is homeless after fire destroyed their home Sunday morning.
Mt. Vernon City Firefighters say the entire front of the Karyri Billing home at 725 South 17th Street was engulfed in flames upon their arrival. All the occupants had made their way out of the home before firefighters arrived. There were no injuries. The fire was so intense, it set the eves of the neighboring home to the west on fire and melted the siding on the home to the east. The blaze also set the front end of a car sitting in front of the Billing home on fire. A second car was moved before the flames could reach it.
Mt. Vernon fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. The blaze gutted the entire home causing an estimated $40,000 damage. Firemen say Billing lost all of her possessions. The adjoining home with damage to the eves was occupied by Tangala Griffin, while the home with the melted siding was vacant.
The fire call came in at 5:20 Sunday morning. Firemen had the fire under control about one and a half hours later and remained on the scene until eight am.
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