Madison St & E 2nd St Staunton, IL 6208839.008038 -89.782707
STAUNTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Two buildings were leveled and another was damaged during a fire in Staunton, Illinois that started late Thursday night and lasted well into Friday morning.
According to Staunton Fire Chief Rick Haase, fire crews from the Staunton Fire Protection District got the call to respond to the scene near the intersection of 2nd and Madison streets at 11:25 p.m. Thursday night. The call was for a brush fire.
While firefighters were on the way to the scene, they got word that the fire had spread to structures. By the time crews arrived on the scene, two garages were fully involved. It took firefighters well into Friday morning to completely extinguish the blaze.
After crews wrapped up everything, there were reports that the fire had rekindled and damaged a third building. Firefighters were called back to the scene around 5:15 a.m. and were able to extinguish that fire.
According to officials, one of the garages belongs to a resident who restores and repairs cars. The garage was filled with equipment, tools and cars. Fire officials believe the equipment inside helped fuel the flames.
In the end, two garages were destroyed and an out building was damaged.
Video from SkyZoom 4 showed multiple charred vehicles in one of the garages.
One firefighter suffered an injury to the ankle while fighting the flames. They are being treated at a local hospital.
There’s no word on how the fire started.