West Frankfort business destroyed by fire - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

West Frankfort business destroyed by fire

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UPDATED: 6:25 P.M., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17. 2015

WEST FRANKFORT -- Just before 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, a motorist passing on highway 149 called 911 to report a structure fire at Joe's Towing & Salvage.

"When we arrived on scene, the building was fully involved," said West Frankfort Fire Chief Jody Allen. "Flames showing throughout the building."

Allen says that's when they requested mutual aid for neighboring departments to assist, worried the fire would spread to a neighboring structure.

"Outside the city limits, we only have so many hydrants and they're usually several miles apart," explained Allen. "We're lucky here that we did have one close by."

It took fire fighters about three hours to extinguish the blaze. The building is considered a total loss.

The owner of Joe's Towing & Salvage says while the building was a huge loss, he's thankful no one was injured in the fire. He says he'll have a hard time replacing two classic cars he was restoring that were inside.

This is the second time a fire has nearly destroyed the business in the last 25 years, but they plan to rebuild. The state fire marshall was called in to investigate but hasn't released a cause yet. The owner believes it may have been a wood burning stove.

ORIGINAL STORY

WEST FRANKFORT -- An early morning fire has destroyed a Franklin County business.  The fire started around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday at Joe's Auto Salvage and Towing on Route 149 in West Frankfort.

Crews from Franklin and Williamson Counties responded to the fire.  At this time there's no report of any injuries and no word on the cause.  The state fire marshal is investigating. 

Stay with News 3 for updates when they become available.

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