Fire destroys Cole County home

Fire consumed a rural Cole County farmhouse early today.

Firefighters from the Cole County Fire Protection District responded around 3:20 a.m. to the home at the southern end of Sommerer Road, a private lane off Route H northeast of Henley.

The structure was fully engulfed in flame when they arrived. One resident who was home at the time reported the fire and exited safely.

Firefighters reported the fire "under control" shortly after 4:30 a.m.

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