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Streator auto body fire deemed unintentional

1 firefighter suffers minor injury, returns to work; damage contained

Damage to a Streator auto body business that caught fire Thursday night was contained to mostly the western portion of the garage.

Other parts of Morgan's Auto Body, 708 E. Hickory St., only suffered minor smoke damage, according to a press release issued Friday morning by Streator Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived just before 8 p.m., there were flames coming through the roof of the garage area and other parts of the building were charged with smoke. The building was empty.

Streator fire investigators and the State Fire Marshal's Office determined the cause of the fire to be unintentional.

Ten Streator firefighters worked on the scene for about 3 hours searching for hot spots and investigating the cause of the fire.

A firefighter suffered a minor injury, but they were able to return to duty, according to the press release.

Forcible entry was made into the building with saws and an aggressive, interior attack was initiated. Fire crews worked their way into the building and found flames in the attic of the structure. The building required extensive overhaul to reach the fire, according to the press release.

The fire was under control in about 25 minutes.

Grand Ridge, Long Point and Allen Township fire departments, along with AMT assisted Streator firefighters. Reading Volunteer Fire Department manned Streator's department.

Dan Crampton, the former owner and current employee of Morgan Auto Body, said the fire did not damage any customer vehicles as they were across the street.

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