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Fire claims home of Malta firefighter

A home that was destroyed in a fire Thursday in Malta belonged to one of Malta's firefighters. The family was able to get out without injuries.
A home that was destroyed in a fire Thursday in Malta belonged to one of Malta's firefighters. The family was able to get out without injuries.

MALTA – A fire early Thursday in Malta claimed the home of one of Malta Fire Department’s own. There were no injuries, but Fire Capt. Mike Isom and his family lost their home when a fire engulfed it about 1 a.m.

Roger Elliott, assistant chief with Malta fire, said the blaze, which destroyed the single-family home in the 500 block of East Jefferson Street, surprised Isom.

“The house was a total loss,” Elliott said. “When we got the page initially, we got the word it was fully engulfed.”

Elliott said the Malta department contacted the local Red Cross to help the family.

“They came over in the middle of the night and talked with the family,” he said.

The Isom family stayed with friends overnight and are staying with family Thursday night.

While the home and all the belongings inside were lost, it could have been a lot worse, Elliott said.

“They could have not made it out of the house,” he said. “If they had not made it out of the house, it would have been a lot worse for the community.”

He said the family was distraught after the home’s destruction.

“They just lost everything,” Elliott said. “So they’re pretty shaken.”

Elliot said no cause for the fire has been determined. Total damages were not available.

The Malta Fire Department had assistance from fire departments in DeKalb, Creston, Shabbona, Kirkland, as well as Genoa EMS, and fought the flames for about two hours, Elliott said.

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