Area fire departments respond to house fire in rural Amboy, Go Fund Me page set up to assit homeowners


AMBOY — On Friday, Oct. 1, Amboy and Sublette Fire Departments were called to a third-alarm house fire in the 1900 block of Hillison Road in rural Lee County. 

The fire was first reported in the garage, and then spread to the house. A call went out to 38 fire departments to assist including: Dixon Rural, Dixon City, Franklin Grove, Ashton, Harmon, West Brooklyn, LaMoille, Rock Falls, CGH Ambulance, Advance EMS, Compton, Paw Paw, Ohio, Sterling, Byron, Princeton, Lee, Stillman Valley, Walnut, Rochelle, Mendota, Mendota-Troy Grove, Earlville, Mt. Morris and Ogle-Lee. 

Bill and Linda Disney, the owners of the home, have spent the last four years renovating the home. 

“Our heart aches as we watched our home, which we spent the last four years remodeling burn before our eyes.  Everything we own is gone. Our treasures are now only in memories. The good thing is Bill and I are safe. Besides death of our parents, it is the saddest day I’ve experienced,” Linda Disney shared on Facebook.

The Disneys also thanked the all of the fire fighters who came out to help save their home.

“Everyone of them were caring and so thoughtful at attempting to retrieve items of value if they could.  I am glad they were all able to go home safe.”

A Go Fund Me page has been started for the family. 

“On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 Uncle Bill (my best friends uncle and uncle to me) and his wife Linda Disney watched one of their worst fears happen to their home, as it caught fire and burned completely down. Thankfully no one including their cat was harmed. This was Linda’s family home that they were renovating and they have worked tirelessly to update. Many of you have reached out and asked how you could help so on behalf of the Disney family I would like to try and help raise some funds to help them start over. If you would like to help them during this time I know it would bless them. They do have insurance and they are in the process of working with them but there will be immediate needs and your help would be greatly appreciated. Please reach out with any questions and please keep them in your prayers as they start over. Thank you.”

The page has raised $3,900 as of the morning of Oct. 4th with a goal of $10,000. To donate, visit

“Thank you to all who have reached out with offers to help in many ways. We can never recoup our losses but are strong together, have loving and supportive families, wonderful friends all over the country and believe God will walk with us. We love you all,” Linda Disney posted on Facebook.