The facility burned to the ground, but the
adjacent Adams Art Studio and the garage for Java Junction across the
alley were preserved.
The cause of the fire is still under
investigation. The state fire marshal was in the area and did attend
the scene. The chief requests anyone with early pictures or video of
the fire to bring them to the downtown fire department office. It
may assist in determining the cause. The loaned materials will be
No damage estimates were available this
morning. About five vehicles and several propane tanks were pulled
from the fire and piled aside. Five beautifully restored carousel
horses belonging to the maintenance director, Ron Craig, were lost.
“But it's just stuff,” he said.
Although the entire maintenance department
facility was lost, Craig said, the school operation will not be
affected. The school of about 750 students is on fall break. When
students return for classes tomorrow, the maintenance department
will be at full operation.
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Capt. Jeff Singleton said the call came in to
the department at 1:58 p.m. and firefighters left the scene at about
10 p.m. The city was aided by Atlanta, Mount Pulaski and Lincoln
Rural fire departments.
Logan County Paramedic Association and the
Logan County Sheriff's Auxiliary also provided services at the
scene. Several firefighters sustained minor injuries. One was
treated and released at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital after
debris fell on him. Others suffered strains and sprains from moving
heavy equipment and items.
Chief Washam expressed a special thanks to the
Sheriff's Auxiliary for their support. The auxiliary is an
all-volunteer organization that covers their own expenses. The chief
encourages anyone looking for a good cause to donate to this group.