DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Crews are at the scene of a fire near East Grand Avenue and North Calhoun Street.
The call came in around 5:15 Saturday evening. A warehouse on the north side of Decatur was already burning.
It didn’t take long for the fire department to know they needed back up if they wanted to keep the fire from spreading.
“We upgraded the alarm to a second alarm, then it went to a third alarm, we got every truck in the city here, we have some county trucks here. Called in some off duty guys,” Decatur Fire Chief Jeff Abbott said.
By the time the fire crews got there, witnesses say the smoke was so thick they couldn’t see the sky behind it.
“When I drove by, there was a big thick cloud of smoke, and the sun looked like a full moon, but it was broad daylight at the time,” Decatur Resident Marvin Johnson said.
The old warehouse totally burned to the ground, with the walls on all sides caving in. Fire crews main goal was keeping the surrounding buildings safe
This is a developing story. WCIA has a crew at the scene and will share updates as we learn more details.