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.