Fire damages Greene Co. structure

By Jim McCabe on August 28 at 7:24am

A former Roodhouse-area schoolhouse was heavily damaged by fire yesterday.

The Jacksonville Journal-Courier reports it happened at a residence on Greene County Roads 2475 North and 1575 East around 8:45 a.m. yesterday. Roodhouse Fire Chief Terry Hopkins says the east side of the structure was fully involved when crews arrived.

An add-on portion of the building was destroyed while the rest of the structure suffered smoke and fire damage, according to Hopkins.

Two people in the house were able to get out safely.

The cause is undetermined. It was apparently reported as a kitchen fire at first, but officials are investigating.

Hopkins told the city paper that the former two-room brick schoolhouse had been a home for over four decades.

The White Hall and Greenfield Fire Departments assisted Roodhouse firefighters.