Classic Car shop goes up in flames

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STAUNTON, Ill (WAND)- An iconic car shop along Interstate 55 is cleaning up the ashes after a fire tore through a storage shed containing more than 100 cars. 

The fire began at Country Classic Cars around 8:15 Tuesday evening, and took around two hours to get the flames contained. 

"The building was heavily involved in fire, approximately a quarter to a third of the building had active fire inside the building." explained Staunton Fire Protection District Chief Rick Haase.

Due to the rural location and size of the building where the fire was located, immediate calls for back up fire stations had to be made, in total 13 fire stations, and around 75 to 100 firefighters responded to the fire. 

"Due to the sheer size of the building and the location of being outside of the normal water supply area, no hydrants are here, this is a rural area. So we immediately started requesting mutual aid from a large number of fire departments in the area. The first half hour to 45 minutes trying to get that water supply established kind of hampered us due to the travel times of getting all the departments here. After the departments got on site we had relatively close turn around times to bring the required water to the scene." said Chief Haase. 

Dozens of people from the community could be seen Wednesday afternoon looking to see what was left of the iconic classic car shop. 

"It breaks my heart because I have been inside that shed before and they have a lot of nice looking old cars, and being a car buff, it just breaks my heart." said William Speed, a Hillsboro resident. 

The Office of the State Fire Marshall is still trying to determine the origin and total amount of damage, however to those in the community it's a loss that can't be quantified. 

"It's going to be a loss for everyone in this area because they get people from all over the United States to come here and look at these cars. I've seen people from Australia come here." said Speed. 

No one was injured in the fire. 

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