DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur firefighters spent hours Saturday evening fighting a large fire near the intersection of Calhoun Street and Grand Avenue.
Crews were called to the scene around 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening. Decatur Fire Chief Jeff Abbott says the fire stated in the former Aramark building and spread to two other buildings. Two of the three buildings collapsed in the fire.
WAND News crews on scene saw heavy flames and smoke bellowing from the buildings. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles across Macon County and some viewers in Christian County and Sangamon County said they could see the heavy smoke.
Shortly after 5:45 p.m. the fire was upgraded to a third alarm fire requesting additional units from across the area to support.
“A fire this size you know you've got big water and that's man power intensity the guys got the get the areas up and pull more lines all of this is labor intensive so more people,” Chief Abbott told WAND News.
In total 44 firefighters worked the fire including 39 fire personnel and 5 chief officers with six engines and four ladder trucks. It took three hours for firefighters to put the fire out.
Chief Abbott says high winds made the fire intensify, "for the fire it intensify and it makes it burn hotter and faster and everything we do we try to do faster to combat the wind.”
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries but did not require medical treatment.
The Illinois State Fire Marshal is conducting an investigation to work in determining a cause.