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Family escapes burning southern Illinois home

An fire early Wednesday morning sends five members of a Fairfield, Illinois family out into the cold.

David Vaughan, Fire Chief of the Fairfield Rural Fire Protection District says they arrived at 922 County Road 2095 East at around 3:15 this morning to the home that was fully engulfed in flames.

He says homeowner Andrew Weaver told him his wife Kristi woke up and smelled smoke in the house.

The couple woke their 10-month-old, 16-year-old and a 12-year-old and were able to make it out of their burning home.

Vaughn says there were smoke detectors in the home, but the family got out before they activated.

The home is considered a total loss. Arson is not suspected, and they have not determined a cause.

The Weavers lost all of their belongings, and are staying with family members in the area.

Firemen remained on scene for over three hours battling the blaze. 

This is the second fire in a week in Wayne County. The one last week claimed two lives in mobile home.

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