"It was a nasty one," Brazil Fire Chief Jim Smith told The Brazil Times. "The house had been renovated several times before it was left vacant. We had to fight our way through several ceilings and walls."
Shortly before 8 p.m., Sunday, the Brazil City Fire Department was dispatched to a home located at 611 West Jackson Street. Firefighters were on the scene battling the flames and intense smoke, which could be seen for several blocks, until around midnight.
The home was a total loss and Smith said the fire was suspicious in nature because there were no utilities in service at the home, which has been vacant for several years.
A cause has yet to be determined, but Smith said the decision to investigate the fire would be held off until after he was able to talk with the property owner sometime today.
Other than taking such a long time, Smith said the fire was otherwise uneventful.
"We had traffic tied up for a while and the whole neighborhood was out watching," Smith said. "But, no one was hurt during the fire, which is always a good thing."