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Kendrick Paper fire in Mt. Vernon

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UPDATE 2/13/19 AT 10:00 P.M.

MT. VERNON, Ill. -- Luckily nobody was inside when a fire broke out at Kendrick Paper Stock Company Wednesday, destroying a storage building.

Mt. Vernon Fire Chief Kevin Sargent says the facility was full of products like paper, cardboard and plastic. Sargent says the reports of explosions were caused by equipment, like forklifts, exploding.

Power lines above the facility were also a concern, so Sargent says the power company was doing their best to turn off the power, "They had to knock out the entire grid of power which knocked a lot of people out of power right off the bat and then they were able to disconnect the power lines going down to the business because they couldn't get to the transformers."

Sargent says firefighters will remain on the scene all night, monitoring hot spots to ensure the fire doesn't start up again. 

Investigators are still looking into what caused the fire.

ORIGINAL STORY 2/13/19 AT 6:17 P.M.

MT. VERNON, Ill. -- Several fire departments are responding to a fire at Kendrick Paper Stock Company in Mt. Vernon.

Those include Jefferson Fire, Woodlawn Fire, Waltonville Fire, Centralia Fire, and Kell Fire.

News 3 has a crew headed to the scene and will update this with more as we gather more information.

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