Coal Valley family is safe after house fire

COAL VALLEY, Illinois - A Coal Valley family is safe tonight after their house caught on fire around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon.

The fire happened at a house off First Street.  It started in the rear of the house and spread to the garage and porch.

Family members say paper napkins blew onto a burning candle igniting the fire. None of the family members or their pets were injured in the fire.

Steve Perry, a witness working on a neighbors house, described the fire.

"I looked around the corner and the house was fully in flames," he recalls.  "Not what I expected when I came to do a little dry wall patch."

Four fire departments were needed to help battle the fire.