Shelbyville Daily Union

Homepage

May 17, 2013

Fire destroys downtown businesses

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 when the fire started.

“When we got there, it was already out of control and spreading,” said Shelbyville fire engineer Scott McKee.

“We had to call for tankers from other departments after we drained the water tower,” said engineer William “Perk” Wilson. “We had to just drown it (the fire).”

Tankers shuttled water from the Kaskaskia River through the early morning hours. With the help of law enforcement, railroad traffic was suspended and traffic was rerouted to allow the tankers to bring water up from the river to the scene.

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 The Gathering Place. A fire wall apparently kept the fire from spreading to the adjoining building on the south.

“We were lucky there was a large brick section that separated the fire from the LongBranch. That’s what saved us. Otherwise we would have lost the entire block,” said McKee.

Training and practical experience played roles in fighting this kind of fire. Because of construction design of downtown business buildings, other towns have lost entire blocks in fires. That same scenario was a concern when the Moose building burned several years ago. However, no downtown buildings were affected by that fire.

“We try to preplan for an event like that,” said Shelbyville fire chief Gary Lynch. “We came in with a defensive block strategy and it paid out for us. With the training and help we had, we were able to save a quarter of downtown Shelbyville. Also the builders built one heck of a nice fire wall. That really saved the south businesses.”

Text Only
Local News
Obituaries
Homepage
  • School board chooses energy contractor for High School

    The Shelbyville school board took the first step to replace the heating system in the High School building during the regular school board meeting Thursday evening. After hearing recommendations from the facilities committee, the board approved GRP,

    April 22, 2014

  • Audit report: County's finances 'level'

    The county's finances are "level", according to Robin Yockey of Mose, Yockey, Brown and Kull LLC. Yockey presented the audited financial report to the County Board during last week's regular meeting. "The county's finances remained relatively level b

    April 18, 2014

  • IMG_2246.JPG SHS Prom Royalty Candidates named

    Shelbyville High School has announced its 2014 Prom court.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_2180.JPG Mock accident drives home message

    The screech of tires -- the crunch of metal ... two school buses pull away to reveal a head-on collision involving high schoolers on Prom night.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Council approves Chautauqua Days plans

    Chautauqua Days Festival plans were approved by the Shelbyville City Council Monday evening. Vickie Davis and Brenda Elder presented plans for the May 30-June 1 event which includes bands and vendors in Forest Park. They asked for approval for the pl

    April 11, 2014

Celebrations
  • Biddle to celebrate 100th

    Gladys Biddle of Shelbyville will celebrate her 100th birthday on April 28. She is the mother of Robert Jr. and Frances J. Williams, both deceased, and Frank Biddle of Shelbyville. She also has a grandson, David Biddle of Shelbyville. An open house i

    April 22, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Poll

Do you think the United States should become more involved in the advancements of Russia into the Ukraine?

Yes, militarily
Yes, as peacemakers
No
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium