Structure fire breaks out in early morning hours of Feb. 6

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
By Feb. 8, the fire at 112 South McQueen Ave. in Wheaton was still smoldering and well on its way to collapsing. On Tuesday, the building had collapsed and Wheaton Fire Protection was able to pour more water on the structure putting out the fire for good. Contributed photo

Wheaton Fire Protection contains blaze on South McQueen

Wheaton Fire Protection aided by Butterfield Fire Protection contained a fire at 112 South McQueen Avenue in Wheaton on Saturday morning.

Lindy Lombard, Wheaton Fire Protection fire Chief, said the state fire marshal did investigate the fire, but the cause is still undetermined.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 6, Wheaton Fire Protection, assisted by Butterfield Fire Protection, attempted to put out a fire at 112 South McQueen Ave. in Wheaton. Contributed photo

“The old commercial building behind Security Bank where the fire took place is a complete loss,” he said. “There were no injuries and no damage to surrounding areas, including a structure due west of the fire that was able to stay undamaged.”

The structure fire call came in the station at 4:05 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 6.

Since then, the building has collapsed on its own and Wheaton Fire Protection has entered the wreckage and moved the structure around.

“We spread it out and dumped more water on it to finish putting the fire out on the following Tuesday morning,” he said. “We spent several hours cleaning it up, but we haven’t heard from the owners yet to get a time table on the clean up.”

The fire marshal hasn’t yet sent a final report on the fire, so the cause is still listed as undetermined.

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