LIBERTY, Ill. -- Authorities are trying to determine what sparked a blaze that destroyed the century-old home of a former Bears player who helped the team win the 1986 Super Bowl.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reported that no injuries resulted from the blaze early Wednesday at Mark Bortz's two-story farmhouse near Liberty, a village in western Illinois' Adams County.
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The house was fully engulfed when volunteer firefighters arrived, and two fire engines got stuck in snow that kept them from getting to the scene.
Bort was a fixture on the Bears' offensive line for 12 seasons, including the 1985 that culminated with the Bears' title over the New England Patriots. He was a two-time Pro Bowler.
Fire Chief Don Loos says Bortz and his wife have another home and aren't without shelter.