Fire destoys shed in Mayview

MAYVIEW - It took firefighters from several departments almost two hours to put out a blaze that destroyed a shed on U.S. 150 east of Urbana early Saturday.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Vercler said a woman driving by the business at 1870 County Road 1600 N, which is also 150, saw flames at 12:30 a.m. and called for help.

The building on fire is owned by David Costley, whose own business, Dave's Firearms, is next door.  Vercler said Costley rents the shed to someone using it for automotive repair and for storage. It's on the north side of the highway.

"There were flames coming out of the roof," said Rusty Chism, chief for the St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District. "No one was inside."

Chism said it took firefighters about 90 minutes to two hours to get the fire out but the last crews were there until about 6 a.m.

Chism said they haven't yet been able to determine where or how the fire started. An insurance investigator was expected Saturday and he hoped to return to the debris on Sunday during daylight to get a better idea of what happened.

The chief estimated 30 firefighters from his department, Carroll, Thomasboro, Edge-Scott and Urbana helped put out the fire. Ogden and Eastern Prairie firefighters stood by for two of the departments while they were on the call.

Vercler estimated damage to the building itself at $70,000. Chism said firefighters were not sure what was in the building to put an estimate on the loss of the contents. 

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