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Two Destructive Fires in Galesburg

Apr 9, 2014

Galesburg fire fighters fought blazes at a vacant two-story wood frame house in the 400 block of South Academy Street and at two vacant buildings in the 100 block of East Main Street during the early morning hours Tuesday.

Fire was shooting from all four sides of the residential building when firefighters arrived.

Credit City of Galesburg

“The determination was made by the battalion chief to take a defensive approach and to do a search later when we had the fire out,” said Fire Chief Tom Simkins.

No one was injured in that fire or the one at the East Main Street commercial buildings, which sustained extensive damage.

Chief Simkins said, “I don’t know if it’s going to be a total loss or not. But there’s a pretty good size hole in the roof and heavy damage to the second floor.”

Simkins said investigators are looking into both fires but no cause for either has been determined.

"They'll take samples and do all their work, try to figure out the origin and the location of the fire, and try to figure out the cause from there," he said.