Fire in Rantoul causes estimated $1 million damage

UPDATED 9:15 p.m. Wednesday

RANTOUL — Rantoul Fire Department investigators are investigating the cause of a Wednesday-evening fire that caused an estimated $1 million damage to a building in Rantoul.

Nobody was reported hurt.

Rantoul Fire Chief Ken Waters said firefighters were sent to the Arrow EDM building, 802 Veterans Parkway, Rantoul, at 6:22 p.m.

The company’s website says it is a “manufacturer of ram and wire EDM systems for tool and die shops, mold shops and plants of any size.”

Rantoul firefighters were assisted by the Thomasboro, Ludlow and Gifford fire departments.

“A lady who was passing by said she heard a large noise, saw flames and smoke rolling out of the building, and reported it,” Waters said.

When the firefighters arrived at the one-story building with a second story mezzanine on the west end, Waters said they saw the east door of the building was open, with black smoke and flames showing through the door.

Firefighters were concerned about three propane tanks inside the building, but Waters said none of them exploded.

Waters said the last employee reported leaving the building at 5 p.m. Nobody was reported inside the building at the time of the fire, and nobody was hurt.

According to Waters, the building is owned by the village of Rantoul.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 7:20 p.m. and remained at the scene for several hours.

Waters said firefighters don’t know where in the building the fire started or how it started.

Waters estimated total damage at close to $1 million.

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