TONICA — Embers from a brush pile fire are the suspected cause of a blaze that destroyed a rural out-building west of Tonica on Thursday afternoon, according to Tonica Fire Department.
Tonica firefighters were paged out to the first at 237 North 19th Road about a mile west of Interstate 39 at 4 p.m. and upon arrival found the out-building “totally involved in fire,” according to Tonica department public information officer Rick Turri.
“Tonica Command declared the fire under control and (firefighters were) doing overhaul operations at approximately 4:25 p.m.,” Turri said in a press release.
Tonica responded with two pumper trucks, a water tender and a rescue unit. The ambulance was on stand-by. As part of the recently implemented auto-aid agreement, Lostant Fire Department also responded with a pumper. La Salle County Sheriff’s Department provided traffic control.
“The structure and the small amount of contents in the building were determined to be a total loss. The fire is still under investigation, but indications are that it was started by embers from a nearby brush pile fire. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters,” Turri reported.