What one Silvis family didn’t lose to a house fire, was reportedly picked over by thieves.
Smoke and flames were coming from a basement window when firefighters arrived at the Holland family’s home on 12th Street at about 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014. The basement family room and two bedrooms were damaged by fire, and smoke damaged the main floor of the home.
Everyone got out of the home, and no injuries were reported. It took firefighters about an hour to fully extinguish the fire.
After the fire, the damaged home was reportedly burglarized and items were stolen. Power tools and other items were taken.
Friends and the family were working to clean up the home, which had no working electricity or water, in the days following the fire.
A Facebook page was started to help collect donations including household items, clothing and furnishings for the Holland family.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.