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Minor fire damages mayor's home

Staff report

BROOKPORT, Ill. - An apparent electrical fire caused minor damage to the home of Mayor John Klaffer on Thursday morning.

Police Chief John Barr said he was nearby when the call was received about 8 a.m. and was the first to respond to the home, 301 Margrave St. Barr said the fire apparently started on the stove, and was brought under control with a fire extinguisher.

No injuries were reported.

The mayor's wife had left for work, the chief said, and Klaffer's daughter had arrived to assist her father, who is recovering from a serious wreck in November. That wreck came two weeks after a tornado devastated the city Nov. 17.

"When it rains, it pours, and it's been constantly raining," said Barr of the recent troubles facing the town and mayor. "We can't catch a break. We get some good weather and now we get this."

The mayor's health is improving, the police chief said, but Klaffer is facing two more surgeries as a result of his injuries. An acting mayor was appointed for the March city council meeting, Barr said, and a similar move may be necessary for the April meeting.

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