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Massive fire destroys Pittsburg business

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PITTSBURG, Ill. -- A pillar in the community for nearly 40 years, Anderson Furniture went up in Flames Saturday morning.

More than a dozen area fire crews responded, bringing in the best equipment in the region. Tanker trucks were on a consistent rotation throughout the day bringing in water and, with a heat index above one hundred degrees, firefighters also needed to take turns so they didn't overheat. 

"A customer was in the store and he said 'you have a fire,' and I said 'no we don't' and he said 'no really, you have a fire,'" said Lowell Anderson.

Lowell Anderson owns the store and says the fire started at about 11 a.m. Minutes later, firefighters were on scene, and within an hour, crews from more than a dozen departments over a four-county area were battling the blaze. Thick, black smoke filled the air as hundreds of pieces of furniture burnt to ashes. 

"You know, that's the bad thing about a furniture store. Once one piece of wood starts, it goes," said Anderson.

Even hours after crews were on scene, massive flames pierced the air. Even with the warehouse a complete loss, Anderson still has embers of hope. 

"It'll all work. We'll get everything we got to get done and start over again," said Anderson.

Firefighters have the fire contained, but expect to be on scene well into Saturday night.

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