(KMOV.com) -- A Monday morning fire in Freeburg, Illinois nearly leveled a city maintenance building and destroyed heavy equipment worth thousands of dollars.
Freeburg fire chief, Lee Smith, said crews got the call to respond around 1 a.m. The first call was for heavy smoke coming from the structure, but it wasn't long, Lee said, that flames started shooting through the roof of the building.
When the fire intensified, calls for assistance went out to eight surrounding communities. Crews were able to get the fire under control a within a couple hours, but not before the flames destroyed everything inside the building. City officials said the building is their Community Highway Maintenance Building and housed heavy equipment like tractors, a snow plow, dump truck and mowers.
Fortunately, nobody was in the building when the fire started and no firefighters were injured fighting the blaze.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
News 4 meteorologist Matt Chambers checked his records and says there was no real lightning in the area at the time the fire was reported.