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Overheated air compressor listed as cause for Bloomington fire

Overheated air compressor listed as cause for Bloomington fire

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McClun Fire

The brother of the owner of the house at 301 S. McClun St. in Bloomington looks over the property as fire investigators work inside the house, Sunday, December 22, 2013. Cihan Karasen rents in Bloomington and was hoping to move into this home owned by his brother, Cevat Karasen of Bloomington after renovations. (The Pantagraph, Lori Ann Cook-Neisler)

BLOOMINGTON — An overheated air compressor sparked a fire that caused approximately $25,000 damage to a Bloomington home Sunday morning, said Bloomington Deputy Fire Chief Les Siron.

Bloomington firefighters were called to 301 S. McClun St. about 10:40 a.m. Sunday and found smoke coming from the attic vents.

Firefighters forced their way into the house through the front door, Siron said. Once inside, they found a fire in a front room of the house and extinguished it quickly.

The house was vacant and undergoing renovations at the time, he said.

Firefighters remained on the scene until about 2 p.m.

The overheated air compressor was being used to operate air tools for the renovation, Simon said. The renovation was nearing completion and the entire structure sustained smoke and heat damage.

The home is owned by Cevat Karasen, who bought it only five or six months ago, he said. The home was in the process of being renovated for his brother, Cihan.

There were no injuries reported in the fire.

The Normal Fire Department was called to assist.

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