Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

October 24, 2012

Fire destroys Sigel workshop

Jackson Adams
Effingham Daily News

SIGEL — A workshop fire in Sigel destroyed a tractor and other equipment with an estimated $60,000 in damages.

    Sigel Fire Department received a call at 4:21  p.m. Tuesday in relation to a fire at 14547 E. 2100 outside of Sigel. Upon arrival at 4:29 p.m., the fire had consumed the workshop, where the owner stored a tractor, along with other equipment.

    The fire had also melted the hoses and pump heads of an adjacent auxiliary gas tank, making firefighters’ first priority to prevent any breaking or over heating of the tanks, which could have caused an explosion.

    The building’s owner, Dean Greuel, said the best option would be to rebuild the workshop.

    “It was a total loss,” he said. “We’ll just have to rebuild.”

    Shumway and Montrose fire departments were also on the scene. Effingham, Dieterich and Teutopolis fire departments covered the Sigel fire house.

    Sigel Fire Chief Troy Althoff said that the best option for containing the blaze was to watch and let the flames smolder over night. However, firefighters were able to put out the rest of the blaze before they left at around 5:30 p.m.

    “We were able to blowout the hot spots,” he said. “There was just a little smoke left when we left.”

    Althoff said the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and there will be no further investigation.

    Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.