Crews respond to massive fire in White County, Ill.

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Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 6:47 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2022 at 5:18 AM CST
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CROSSVILLE, Ill. (WFIE) - Authorities responded to a fire Thursday evening in White County.

According to dispatch, the fire broke out on Main Street in Crossville.

We’re told the fire burned for several hours Thursday night

At one point, firefighters were trying to keep the main wall on one of the destroyed buildings from falling onto the Citizens National Bank located next door.

We’re told crews were pumping water on the fire from above to keep temperatures down.

Jan Ridgeland, president of Citizens National Bank in Crossville, was home in Albion when he got the call.

“By the time I got here, it was put out,” Ridgeland said. “It took me about 40 minutes to get here, but it was flaming really good. It really was.”

Some viewers shared images and videos of the fire that was raging during the rainstorm.

One such viewer was Dave Scarlett, a local man who said that he heard the sirens when his power went out, and went to go check out the fire.

“It was surprisingly warm, you know,” said Scarlett, “you could really feel it.”

White County Sheriff’s Dispatch told 14 News the fire spanned two blocks, and they expected it to go on for hours.

“We just got word the vacant buildings to the west of our bank building, a fire started in them,” Ridgeland said.

The Crossville Fire Chief would not say how many people may have been around or injured, but Ridgeland says those he knows of are doing fine.

“Everybody’s safe,” Ridgeland said. “Files are okay, money’s okay and people are okay.”

The chief says it would be several more hours before they will be done working.

There’s still no confirmation by officials as to what started the fire. The investigation is still ongoing.

We will update this article once more information is available.

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