O'Fallon loses $1 million worth of equipment in blaze - KMOV.com

O'Fallon loses $1 million worth of equipment in blaze

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By Eric Lorenz By Eric Lorenz

O’FALLON, IL (KMOV.com) – The city of O’Fallon lost about $1 million worth of equipment in a blaze that swept through a city storage building on Friday.

Authorities said the fire started just before 6:30 a.m. in the 300 block of West 2nd Street.  When firefighters arrived, they reported heavy smoke coming from the center section of the building.

City officials said the building is a garage for the public works department.  Reportedly, several service vehicles were inside, but workers were able to get a couple vehicles out of the building before the fire intensified.

While everything inside was insured, it remains to be seen how much of it the city will recover from insurance, according to public works director Dennis Sullivan.

Officials said the most serious loss was a $300,000 piece of a equipment used to suck out sewer blockages.

Sullivan said the fire will definitely set back his department, which was just starting to see improvements after several years of lean city budgets.

He said he still hopes to go forward without any major disruptions in city services.

There’s no word on what caused fire.

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