House fire breaks out in Payson

Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 3:03 AM CDT
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QUINCY (WGEM) - Adams County fire crews had to return to the scene of a house fire they had put out earlier to knock down a flare up.

Officials from the Payson Fire Department said crews arrived on scene around 12:50 a.m. to find the house at 406 North Maine Street in Payson, Illinois fully engulfed.

Michael Schullian, 14, said he noticed the fire when he came down to the kitchen.

“You know just a midnight snack,” he said. “All of a sudden there was just smoke floating in from under the oven. It filled the room very quickly like I barely even noticed it and all of a sudden the room was filled.”

Daughter of the homeowner, Mackayla Schullian, said the fire started in the basement between midnight and 12:30 a.m..

She said she had gotten the call from her grandpa when she was in Quincy and was shocked at the scene of her childhood home.

“It started off in Quincy and then we made it out here and ever since then I thought it was my permanent home.” she said. “To see it look like this, I never thought in a million years it would look like this, I never thought in a million years our house would have this fate”

Crews knocked the flames down around 3:45 a.m.. They said there were no injuries but the house is a total loss.

Other responding agencies included the Adams County EMS and Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

There’s been no word so far on what caused the fire to break out.

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