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Fire calls in Coal City, Gardner keep crews busy Wednesday morning

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 12:23 p.m. CDT

Firefighters from throughout Grundy County have spend Wednesday morning on calls in Gardner and Coal City.

Just before 6:30 a.m. the Coal City Fire Protection District was called to a structure fire at the Lardi Chiropractic Clinic on the 400 block of east First Street in Coal City, Coal City Fire District spokesman Nick Doerfler said. As of late Wednesday morning, firefighters were still on scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said, but at least part of the building is considered a loss.

On arrival there was heavy smoke coming from the structure, Doerfler said. The building was empty, but he fierce fire caused the firefighters to switch to a defensive attack.

"We used a lot of water from the city's water supply. (The city) requested we shut down the hydrant use so we had to bring in tenders," he said.

The call came in from an employee who was opening the facility for the day and saw the smoke.

No one was injured and firefighters were still on scene cleaning up, Doerfler said.

A fire call in Gardner has caused school to be canceled today at Gardner-South Wilmington High School.

In Gardner between 4:30 and 5 a.m. the Gardner Fire Protection District was called to Gardner-South Wilmington High School where firefighters found smoke in the hallways, Chief Terry Jensen said.

In the boiler room the water feed valve shut off and instead of the boiler shutting off, it continued to heat, he said, so the boiler overheated. When firefighters entered the room the temperature was between 800 and 1,000 degrees.

"We initiated ventilation maintenance on scene," Jensen said.

The boiler room received extensive damage. No one was injured and no one was in the school at the time.

Seven departments helped Gardner until the Coal City fire call came in at which time most left to aid Coal City, Jensen said.

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