Streator firefighters put out fire in less than 10 minutes
A neighbor of a downtown Streator auto shop heard a small explosion, looked outside, saw smoke coming from the building, then called 911, resulting in fire crews arriving to Scoot's Auto in roughly 1 minute, 30 seconds.
Streator firefighters extinguished the fire in less than 10 minutes Friday inside Scoot's Auto, 609 E. Main St., preventing it from spreading to the ceiling of the building.
Firefighters found heavy smoke after forcing their way into the shop using an axe.
Using a thermal imaging camera, the interior fire crew was able to locate the fire in and around a forklift inside the garage.
There were no injuries.
After an investigation, Streator firefighters determined the cause to be accidental. The fire originated inside the forklift. The forklift was moderately damaged by fire. The building itself suffered minor smoke damage with some fire damage to the ceiling above the forklift.
In total, 11 firefighters worked at the scene for just more than an hour.
East Main Street, which is Route 18, was closed from Wasson to Everett streets while firefighters extinguished the fire. The Streator Fire Department will release more information once the investigation is complete.
Streator police officers assisted with traffic control at the scene. Firefighters also were assisted by Vermilion Valley Dispatch, Advanced Medical Transport, ComEd, Nicor and Illinois American Water.