HOOPESTON, Ill. (WCIA) — An abandoned plant in Hoopeston was destroyed, said Fire Chief Joel Bird.
The remains of illegal fireworks may have led to a massive fire Sunday evening at the old Joan of Arc canning plant located by the railroad tracks near Thompson Street; however it is not confirmed.
The fire call began at 10:30 p.m. on July and around a dozen different departments assisted on the scene until 3 a.m. on July 4. No firefighters were hurt.
“The recent extremely dry conditions made the abandoned structure susceptible, and that the structure should now most likely be torn down,” Bird said. “A dollar value could not be given on the damage, as the abandoned plant did not have a significant value as it stood prior to the fire.”
“The remaining structure is quite dangerous and all should stay away from it,” Bird added.
The fire is still under investigation.