Fire sweeps through Country Classic Cars
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STAUNTON – Alarms sounded at about 8 p.m. Aug. 8, for a fire at Country Classic Cars on Old Route 66 near Staunton.
When the Staunton Fire Protection District arrived at the scene, flames were visible through the roof of the structure, prompting the call for assistance from other area departments, most of which were needed to haul water due to the business’ rural location.
Eventually, a total of 14 departments/districts responded to the blaze, including Benld, Gillespie, Mt. Olive, Litchfield, Shoal Creek (Sorento), New Douglas, Olive (Livingston), Alhambra, Marine, Worden, Hamel, Holiday Shores and Prairie (Prairietown), according to Staunton Fire District Chief Rick Haase.
Crews were able to bring the fire under control at about 11 p.m., but firefighters remained on the scene until 3 a.m. The property suffered significant damage.
According to Haase, there were no injuries and the cause of the fire is unknown pending review by the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office.