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UPDATED: 13 Departments Respond to Minooka Fire

The fire departments were still on scene on Bell Road more than three hours after the first call.

A fire on Bell Road in Minooka required 13 departments and resulted in a building collapse, but no injuries.

"It came in initially as possibly a bonfire out of control," Minooka Fire Protection District Chief Al Yancy said at the scene of the fire. "Very quickly it was reported as a building on fire."

The building served as a machine shed, Yancy said.

When fire departments initially arrived, their first priority was to keep a large propane tank that was located inside the shed from exploding.

"Crews applied water and extinguished the fire around the tank first and then began extinguishing the remaining fire," Yancy said in a written release.

Yancy said that while 13 departments responded, the bulk of those responses were needed for water. The area along Bell Road, between Ridge Road and County Line Road in Kendall County, does not have hydrants.

"The vast majority of those brought tankers to shuttle water," Yancy said at the scene.

"Ten tankers from surrounding agencies were used to shuttle water to the scene from a fill site on the north side of the Village of Minooka," Yancy said in a written release. "Tankers delivered water to the fire scene and dumped water into two portable dump tanks which were used to supply water for extinguishing activities."

The water source to fight this fire was about a mile away, Yancy said.

The firefighters took down a couple of the doors on the building, but the fire caused the roof of the building to collapse.

"The building contained equipment, tools and vehicles and is considered a complete loss," Yancy said in a written release. "Dollar loss to building and contents is not immediately known until the property owner has an opportunity to take a full inventory."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

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