Neighbors on either side said the owner was using the place as storage from other houses. Neighbors also said the house has been vacant for years and they saw no activity at the address Friday.
One of the neighboring homes was damaged by fire, Linn said, but there were no injuries.
Linn said he was not far away when the incident was dispatched and he could see smoke billowing out into the street from blocks away. Flames caused heavy damage to the right side of the house.
He estimated the structure was a total loss.
UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.:
We're hearing that flames have burned through the first floor, from the basement, of the fire on Dibert Avenue near South Jackson Street.
Crews are on the scene of a structure fire on Dibert Avenue, near South Jackson Street in Springfield.
The incident was dispatched about 7:20 p.m. from a report from someone who said they saw smoke and flames as they were driving by the address.
We have not heard of any reports of injuries.
We have a crew on the way and we'll update this developing report.
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