No injuries in Broadlands fire

No injuries in Broadlands fire

The state fire marshal's office will be in Broadlands on Monday trying to determine the cause of a fire that did tens of thousands of dollars in damage early this morning.

Fire hit three connected commercial buildings early Monday in Broadlands. Some 35-40 firefighters from several area departments responded.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which started at 100 S. Lincoln St. and then spread to two connected structures, according to Fire Chief Richard Hedrick of the Broadlands-Longview Fire Protection District.

The fire was reported at 1:53 a.m. Firefighters from Broadlands-Longview were assisted by those from Villa Grove, Pesotum, Sidney, St. Joseph-Stanton, Ogden-Royal, Philo, Homer, Tolono, Savoy, Sidell, Newman and Hindsboro.

Hedrick said the fire was struck about 5:30 a.m. He said firefighters encountered "a bit of wind" and some difficulty getting power shut off to the buildings.

He said he couldn't give a precise estimate of damage but that it was probably in the neighborhood of $90,000 to $100,000. The buildings were in use as storage for an auction service, he said.

The buildings are "practically on the ground," he said.


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787 wrote on June 03, 2013 at 9:06 am

Hillsboro?  The one south of Springfield, down by Litchfield?

Try Hindsboro.


Mike Howie wrote on June 03, 2013 at 9:06 am
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That's my mistake. Thank you for pointing it out, though I'm sorry you had to.

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rsp wrote on June 03, 2013 at 9:06 am

In addition to using water from Broadlands, they carried it in by truck when the pressure got too low and were also pumping water from the creek. As the UCSD considers a sale to a chemical plant, I think you should all be aware of how important creeks are to those who are in other areas. Some areas have a more limited supply of water, and are more affected by the actions of others. I am always amazed when I hear the different departments working together looking out for each other. 

Sid Saltfork wrote on June 03, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Cooperation is a necessity for small communities.  The volunteer fire departments band together during emergencies.  Oops..... I will be criticized for my "rural" comments by the "metro" spokesman.

The state subsidized fertilizer plant in Tuscola does present a potential problem for area, small town, volunteer fire departments.