Nobody hurt in rural Homer fire

Nobody hurt in rural Homer fire

HOMER — Nobody was reported injured in a fire at a meat and butchering business north of Homer.

According to a Homer Fire Department report, firefighters were called to Allen's Meats, 1265 County Road 2700E (Illinois 49) at 5:09 p.m. Friday.

Homer Fire Department Capt. James Williams said the firefighters saw smoke coming from a vent in the roof of the building when they arrived at 5:12 p.m.

Williams said the fire had started when a piece of equipment used in the meat-rendering process caught on fire. Employees at the business had largely put out the fire by the time firefighters had arrived, but there was lots of smoke, Williams said.

He said firefighters moved a vent off the roof, vented the building and got rid of the smoke.

Three employees escaped without injury, and no firefighters were injured, according to the report.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 5:20 p.m. and left the scene by 6:10 p.m.

Williams estimated damage at $2,000 to the equipment, not counting smoke damage.

The owner was listed as Ron Allen, according to Williams.

Homer firefighters received mutual-aid assistance from the Ogden-Royal, Sidney and St. Joseph-Stanton fire departments, with officers from the Champaign County sheriff's office assisting with traffic control on Illinois 49.