Historic building in Vandalia a total loss after fire - KMOV.com

Historic building in Vandalia a total loss after fire

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This viewer-submitted photo shows a raging fire at a Vandalia restaurant early Thursday morning on November 18, 2010. The restaurant was totally destroyed. By KMOV Web Producer This viewer-submitted photo shows a raging fire at a Vandalia restaurant early Thursday morning on November 18, 2010. The restaurant was totally destroyed. By KMOV Web Producer
This viewer-submitted photo shows a raging fire at a Vandalia restaurant early Thursday morning on November 18, 2010. The restaurant was totally destroyed. By KMOV Web Producer This viewer-submitted photo shows a raging fire at a Vandalia restaurant early Thursday morning on November 18, 2010. The restaurant was totally destroyed. By KMOV Web Producer

(KMOV)-- A massive fire destroyed a piece of history in Vandalia, Illinois just after 2 a.m. Thursday at the Depot Steakhouse and Lounge.

Officials say when crews arrived on the scene there was already heavy smoke pouring out of the building.

Within about 20 minutes the fire was in the trusses and the roof started to collapse.

Railroad tracks run right alongside the building and the tracks had to be shut down for a few hours. A couple of freight trains had to wait while the tracks were closed.
  
Crews called in extra equipment from Brownstown and Ramsey which is about 15 miles away.
  
The building dates back to when it was used as a depot for the Illinois Central Railroad.
  
The building caught fire and burned in September 2007. It was being used as a restaurant at that time.
  
A firefighter said it sat vacant for a couple years and then reopened under new ownership this past March. It is now considered a total loss.

 

 

 

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