RUTLAND — La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Fire Marshal began an arson investigation this morning after an older, two-story house burned in Rutland.
The Toluca-Rutland Fire Department along with its auto-aid partners were called to a fire at 100 E. Walnut St., Rutland at about 2:30 a.m. today, and when they arrived, the entire house was engulfed in fire, said Toluca fire chief Jason Faw.
The house actually had burned a couple of months ago, and the cause of that fire was undetermined. However, with no one living in the house and the power off, the chief and investigators will try to determine who caused the fire.
Wenona, Lostant and Minonk departments came to the scene. Firefighters knocked down much of the fire within about 20 minutes, but they had to back off a bit after they discovered a natural gas issue. Faw said the gas to the house was shut off, but the gas main out from the shutoff valve broke or burned off in the ground.
Firefighters were at the scene for about four hours, and the chief for five. Faw said there were no injuries, nor damage to neighboring properties. Eastern Marshall County Ambulance Service responded to the scene.