Farm building near Thomasboro damaged in fire

Farm building near Thomasboro damaged in fire

THOMASBORO — A metal farm building and its contents in rural Thomasboro sustained more than $30,000 damage in an early morning fire Tuesday.

Thomasboro Fire Chief Paul Cundiff said the building on property at County Road 2200N and 1600E, 3 miles south and 1 mile east of Thomasboro, was damaged.

He said a storm that passed through the Thomasboro area might have been the cause.

"We're guessing lightning because there was a pretty good storm that came through," Cundiff said.

Firefighters were called at 2:36 a.m. after a Champaign County sheriff's deputy on patrol spotted the blaze.

A pickup truck stored in the building was a total loss. Farm machinery also sustained damage.

Cundiff said the shed sits about 75 feet from a house on the property. The house was never in danger.

He estimated 35 firemen responded to the call with mutual aid from St. Joseph, Royal and Carroll. Rantoul firefighters covered the Thomasboro station.

Cundiff estimated damage at between $30,000 and $40,000. Based on the building's age, Cundiff said the building might be a total loss.

The property is on a farm owned by Rick Walken, according to Cundiff. He said the house is rented out, but he did not know the names of the tenants.