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Fire destroys home outside of Juda
A rural Juda home was a total loss after a fire in the morning hours of Feb. 22. - photo by Gary Mays

MONROE — Smoke continued to drift skyward on an unseasonably warm Thursday morning, hours after a single-family home was likely destroyed by a fast-moving fire. 

The blaze was first reported on Thursday, Feb. 22, just before 4:50 a.m., according to the Green County Sheriff’s Office. The working structure fire was in the N1900 block of County OK, about 2 miles south east of Juda.  

“Juda Fire Department along with deputies responded to the scene. Upon arrival they located a single-family residence on fire,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Juda Fire activated the Mutual Aide Box Alarm System (MABAS) requesting additional fire personnel.”  

Responding departments included Monroe Rural, Brodhead, Albany, Monticello, Davis (Ill.), Rock City (Ill.) and Orangeville (Ill.).  

Both occupants of the home were able to exit safely, authorities said, although adding that one other occupant was transported from the scene by Green County EMS for non-life-threatening injuries. No responding personnel were injured, and a deputy remained on the scene with fire crews mopping up until at least 8 a.m.  

The house is considered total loss and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, officials said.