SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Eighteen fire departments battled a late evening fire Monday which destroyed three downtown businesses and upstairs apartments and damaged other adjoining businesses.
The Shelbyville fire department was called to Main and Morgan streets where smoke and flames rose from the brick building. Only common walls separated the businesses.
Fortunately there were no injuries and no evacuations. The only occupant of the apartments got himself out quickly.
"We had to call for tankers from other departments after we drained the water tower," said engineer William "Perk" Wilson. "We had to drown it."
Destroyed were Sisters, Ahead of Style, The Style Shop, and Shelbyville Title & Abstract. Also suffering smoke and water damage were Longbranch Grill, The Iron Keg, and Ulrich's.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, but is not believed to be arson. The cause is under investigation. The fate of the building is also to be determined.
Firefighters returned to the station at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.