Fire at Eureka business fought by several surrounding departments

By WEEK Reporter

June 14, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:31 AM CDT

EUREKA, Ill -- A large structure fire late this morning in Eureka kept firefighters busy from seven communities.

Fire officials said the former Nestle building caught fire Thursday when a controlled burn at a neighboring building spread.

Firefighters responded just after 11 a.m. to the structures on North Major Street.

An employee in the nearby Huber's Woodworking was injured but treated on the scene.

A fire captain said most of the buildings were old, vacant, and conjoining and that made it harder to put the flames out.

 

There has been no confirmation on the cause of the fire.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

"I think our biggest challenge was because there are about five or six buildings here, it was hard to get access all the way around," said Captain Dan Alhise of the Eureka-Goodfield Fire District. "We were really spread out. But I think all in all our efforts worked very well."

The captain said the wind and the heat did make it harder for fire crews to put out the flames, taking approximately 45 minutes to get under control. Mutual aid was called in from area towns, such as Metamora, Germantown Hills, Congerville, and Roanoke.

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