Utica firefighters quickly extinguished a small outbuilding that caught fire early Saturday at Utica Terminal Inc.

In a news release, Utica fire chief Ben Brown said firefighters were dispatched at 2:28 a.m. for a reported oil burner fire. Firefighters were on scene within five minutes and discovered fully involved outbuilding contained an oil heater that was used to regulate product temperature.

The fire was contained in about 45 minutes but crews remained on scene 2½ hours.

The building was a total loss, Brown said.

Peru firefighters were requested to the scene with their aircraft rescue truck for foam. MABAS 601 was requested to the second alarm level for water tenders.

La Salle Fire Department assisted with a truck and ambulance, Wallace fire with an engine and tender, Oglesby fire with a chief, tenders from Cedar Point, Tonica, Troy Grove and Marseilles as well as Peru EMS and Naplate Fire Department covering our station during the call.

Brown also extended his thanks to Illinois Valley Regional Dispatch and Ottawa Central Dispatch (MABAS 25 Dispatch Center).


Tom Collins is the NewsTribune Senior Reporter. He can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com.

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