Fire at Pillsbury Mills plant in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Firefighters responded to a fire at the Pillsbury Mills plant in Springfield.

Crews told WAND-TV before 4 p.m. that they could see smoke pouring out all over the building, which is located on East Phillips Street. They came to the scene after 3:30 p.m.

Fire Chief Allen Reyne says the structure is "unsafe", forcing firefighters to attack the flames from a stairwell. Rochester's fire department responded to the scene to help. At one point, firefighters opened a hole in the roof to ventilate the building. 

There were no injuries in the fire and no people in the plant when it happened. Crews are working to determine what caused the fire. 

Just before 5 p.m. Friday, Springfield Firefighters Local 37 reported smoke conditions were starting to improve.

This plant, which first opened in the 1920s, is the same building that dealt with asbestos issues. Authorities came in and removed the asbestos from February to October in 2017. The building is not occupied in 2018.

WAND-TV is sending a crew to the scene.

This developing story will be updated as the station learns more.