PAXTON, Ill. (WCIA) — Strong winds blew the roof off of an old building on the corner of North Vermilion and Holmes Street.
It’s more than a century old. It use to be the old broom factory decades ago, but now it’s privately owned. The owner uses it as a warehouse storage facility.
The walls are still standing but the roof came flying off Monday tonight and landed in the middle of the road.
One of the directors of the Ford County Historic Preservation society says this building means a lot to the history of the town. Derrick Babbs says, ‘It’s been here for years and years, probably 100 years. It’s been through fires and a lot of things. It’s privately owned now but to see the roof get blown off, hopefully it’ll be prepared and still be a landmark for Paxton.”
Crews finished clearing the pieces of this roof off the road around 8 pm. It’s all clear now and the road is open. Police say nobody was hurt when this happened.