- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SIDELL, Ill. (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed the village hall in the small central Illinois community of Sidell (seye-DEL’).

The News-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1pyhwqI ) heavy smoke was coming out of the two-story brick building Tuesday evening when firefighters arrived. Sidell Fire and Rescue chief Jason McDaniel says the fire was in a room used to store maintenance equipment.

McDaniel says about 30 firefighters fought the blaze until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Sidell Mayor Don Okuley says the building dates to the early 1900s. He says firefighters were able to retrieve a computer with all of the village records.

The village had already started building a new village hall several blocks away before the fire.

About 600 people live in Sidell, located about 35 miles southeast of Champaign.


Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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