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November 21, 2019

10/16/2019 10:51:00 AM
Pallet factory lost in $100K blaze
No one hurt, but cause of fire is still unknown.
The burning remains of the Trimble Industries pallet factory are seen through the stacks of finished product. The factory was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin Friday. (Randy Harrison photo)
The burning remains of the Trimble Industries pallet factory are seen through the stacks of finished product. The factory was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin Friday. (Randy Harrison photo)
A local business suffered thousands of dollars in damage in a fire Friday.

Trimble Industries pallet factory on Illinois Route 1A north of Robinson was destroyed by the blaze reported shortly after noon, Robinson Fire Chief Travis Miller said. No one was injured but Miller estimated the loss at $100,000.

The cause is unknown, but employees said they first noticed flames in the factory's air compressor room. The entire building was engulfed when Robinson firefighters arrived.

"It was through the roof, fully involved, when the first engine showed up," Miller explained. "It [the fire] was coming out of every opening."

LaMotte Township, Hutsonville and Prairie-Licking fire departments also joined the fight. United Life Care Ambulance was on standby at the scene.

The Crawford County Sheriff's Office closed off part of Route 1A during the fire, redirecting traffic down nearby county roads.

The fire was knocked down by 4:50 p.m. Damage was contained primarily to the building, which was a total loss. Flames were kept from spreading to most of the stacks of pallets stored outside the structure.

A track hoe was used to uncover hot spots, allowing firefighters to prevent the blaze from rekindling. "That helped tremendously," Miller said.





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