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Firefighters battle fire at Quincy industrial building

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 19, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 19, 2019 11:10 pm

QUINCY -- Firefighters remained for nearly six hours Wednesday on the scene of a fire in a Quincy industrial building.

Tri-Township Fire Chief Tom Bentley said fire crews were called about 8:45 a.m. to the Phibro Animal Health facility at 4330 Postal Drive on a report of a fire of an oil burner. A Quincy Fire Department crew that responded as part of an automatic mutual aid agreement arrived first.

"They were advising that they had heavy black smoke," Bentley said. "We asked Quincy to make it a general alarm for them because it was going pretty good at first. We got a few lines inside and were able to extinguish it with what we call a Class B foam. Foam works well with oil fires."

Locating a smoldering area adjacent to a vent pipe took substantial time, he said.

Extensive damage was reported.

The last fire truck left the scene about 2:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though a power outage to the facility could be the reason.

"We're not sure 100 percent if those are related," Bentley said. "We think they probably would be. It's a pretty big coincidence otherwise."

No injuries were reported.

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