Fire guts Paxton convenience store
PAXTON — The state fire marshal's office is trying to determine what caused a fire early Wednesday morning at a Paxton convenience store.
Around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, Paxton firefighters responded to a report of fire at the All-Star gas station, on Ottawa Road west of the Interstate 57 interchange, said Denny Kingren, chief of the Paxton Fire Protection District.
Flames were coming from the roof area on the east end of the convenience store on the property, Kingren said.
An estimated 15 firefighters fought the blaze and had it under control within 30 to 40 minutes, Kingren said.
The fire gutted the building from the inside.
"It did a lot of damage throughout the building," Kingren said.
Kingren said he suspects the fire started on the building's interior and that the cause was "electrical in nature." The gas station had been closed since about 9:30 the night before.
The state fire marshal's office was at the scene Wednesday.