Fire file

BOURBONNAIS — A family of five was left homeless after their mobile home was destroyed in a fire Tuesday in Tri-Star Estates.

Firefighters were dispatched at 7:46 p.m. to their St. Michaels Drive residence.

Bourbonnais Township Fire Chief Jim Keener said a neighbor noticed smoke coming from the residence and alerted the occupants — two adults and three children.

Keener said the investigation continues into the cause of the fire. He estimated the loss of the residence and its contents at $75,000.

There was also fire damage to a nearby mobile home, Keener said.

Kankakee, Manteno, Bradley and Limestone fire departments and Superior EMS assisted Bourbonnais in fighting the fire.

Jeff Bonty is a reporter for The Daily Journal. He can be reached at and 815-937-3366.


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