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Officials: Cause of Sycamore mobile home fire still undetermined

Resident still collecting money, household goods, furniture for Hall family

Mark Hall, Allison Hall and daughter Avery Hall stopped by Saturday to visit a neighbor who is collecting money and other donations to help them start over after their mobile home in Sycamore burned down June 4.
Mark Hall, Allison Hall and daughter Avery Hall stopped by Saturday to visit a neighbor who is collecting money and other donations to help them start over after their mobile home in Sycamore burned down June 4.

SYCAMORE – There still isn’t an official cause of the June 4 mobile home fire at 2425 Chestnut St. said, fire officials, but neighbors are still pulling together to help the lives of the affected family return to normal.

Assistant Fire Chief Todd Turner said the Sycamore Fire Department has not received any word about investigation results from the Illinois Fire Marshal. He said it sometimes takes months before there’s official word from the state office.

“As of now, it’s still undetermined as to what the cause was,” Turner said.

Turner said it’s not unusual for the state fire marshal to take this long in determining a cause of a fire, or for the fire marshal to have an undetermined ruling until insurance company reports come back.

He said insurance companies want to pinpoint exact causes – such as an electrical issue – so they can go after the company that created the appliance that caused the fire.

Turner said the fire department still hasn’t heard back regarding other recent house fires as well, for similar reasons.

A message left Monday with the state fire marshal’s office has not been returned.

Mark, Allison and their infant daughter, Avery Hall, lost everything in the fire earlier this month, Lee Newtson said, who lives in the mobile home community where the family lived. 

He said he collected about $70 in cash for the family in the meantime and gave the collected money to the family during a visit Saturday.

Newtson said the Hall family is living in a motel close to Allison Hall’s family and workplace for the time being, and that they’re working to get approved for a new unit in the same mobile home community.

Newtson said about four or five neighbors have helped gather dressers, shelves, a makeup table and a crib and mattress and other household goods to give to the family once they are ready to move into their new home.

“There’s more stuff coming, but I’m getting a good response so far,” Newtson said.

On top of what’s already been donated, Newtson said, he heard a local church will send Walmart gift cards to the family.

He said he’ll continue to collect donations in his garage, and that he encourages others to provide more cash to help the family with unforeseen expenses.

“I think we’ll be in good shape for them,” Newtson said.

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