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Fire and smoke Monday morning at Sycamore Menards

SYCAMORE — Area fire crews responded to a fire at the Sycamore Menards early Monday morning.

Sycamore Fire Department responded to the fire at 2:22 a.m., according to a news release, and after 15 minutes firefighters were able to control the flames. The fire looks to have started on a display shelf near the front of the store, according to the release, although the cause has not yet been determined,

Sycamore Fire Chief Pete Polarek said the fire originated in the lighting department, which is to the left of the main entry door to the store.

“The fire consumed an area approimately 10 feet by six feet,” he said. “The flame height was probably in the area of 15 feet or so.”

Estimated damages are currently at $500,000, according to the release.

Polarek said the damages are just an estimate because of different factors at play such the effort to clean the building, the loss of merchandise and the loss of business.

“Every hour they’re not open they’re losing money,” Polarek said.

Firefighters stayed at the store at 1825 Mercantile Dr., Sycamore, for two and a half hours in order to overhaul, ventilate and investigate, the news release states.

There were no reported injuries.

The 11 fire companies that deployed to the scene — Sycamore, DeKalb, Cortland, Genoa-Kingston, Sugar Grove, Elburn, Kirkland, St. Charles, Burlington, Malta, Pingree Grove. Also responding were MABAS Division 8 MVU, Sycamore Public Works and Sycamore Police Department.​​

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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