Fire at Illinois Firehouse Causes Three-Million Dollars in Damages

A structure fire at the firehouse of the Mount Zion Fire Department (IL) has caused an estimated $3 million in damages, reports the Herald & Review ( The newspaper reports that the current theory is that the fire started in the cab of the ladder truck.

The fire chief reports a loss of a 2000 American LaFrance ladder truck, which was purchased for $285,000 six months ago, and an engine valued at $500,000. An entire new addition, built in 2007, which housed its training center, kitchen, dining area and bunkhouse also was lost. Two firefighters received oxygen but no injuries were reported.

Eight local departments came to help fight the fire. And, within hours of losing their equipment, the Mount Zion Fire Department is back at full strength. The Decatur Fire Department lent a 75-foot tall ladder truck, and Warrensburg Fire Protection District lent them an engine, reports the newspaper.


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