Interior fire operations
were attempted initially but had to be abandoned shortly after entry
due to the severity of the fire and high heat conditions. A ladder
rescue was conducted to remove two occupants of an apartment located
next to the building that was on fire.
The fire engulfed the
entire structure shortly after arrival of fire department units. The
main priority was to protect the two adjoining structures from fire
spread. The fire was confined to the building of origin. The two
adjoining structures sustained major structural damage due to the
partial collapse of the building that burned. There were no reported
injuries to any occupants or firefighters.
The building is a total loss. The Simonson family lost
everything, including their business. Three other businesses have
been closed, and three other families have lost their homes.
Demolition of the structure occurred during firefighting operations
to protect nearby structures. The initial damage estimate for the
three involved buildings, contents, cost of emergency operations and
demolition, and direct and indirect loss to four businesses and
other downtown businesses that lost power Friday night may exceed $1
Emergency operations involved the assistance of the following
public agencies and organizations:
Mutual aid fire
departments: Lincoln Rural, Atlanta, Mount Pulaski, Beason, Elkhart,
Latham, New Holland, Sherman, Williamsville, Warrensburg,
Bloomington, Decatur, MABAS Division 46 and 51.
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Other agencies and organizations: Logan County Paramedic
Association, Logan County E-911 Dispatch Center, Logan County
Emergency Management Agency, Lincoln Police Department, Logan County
Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State Police, Lincoln Public Works
Department, Salvation Army of Macon County, American Red Cross,
Goodman’s Excavating of Lincoln, AmerenCILCO utility company and
American Water Company.
The Lincoln Fire Department expresses thanks for all the
assistance from these agencies and organizations and the numerous
individuals and businesses that helped or offered to help.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
[Text from file received from
Lincoln Fire Chief Kent Hulett]