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Burning tractor-trailer caused more than $2 million in damage at 18 Wheeler Truck Center

A burning tractor-trailer caused more than $2 million in damage at
18 Wheeler Truck Center in Channahon, according to the Channahon Fire Protection District.

Channahon firefighters were dispatched about 8 p.m. Tuesday to the truck repair facility at 22600 Frontage Road West.

Upon the arrival of firefighters, they reported to be on the scene of a multistory commercial building with “heavy smoke showing,” the fire protection district said in a news release.

“After further investigation, crews discovered a large semitractor truck on fire in the interior’s northwest of the building,” the release said. “The building was not occupied at the time of the fire.”

Firefighters reportedly entered the building and searched it. While the fire was contained to the tractor-trailer, radiant heat and smoke caused damage throughout the building’s north side repair shop and south side body shop, the release said.

“Sixteen vehicles ranging from passenger cars to semi-tractor trucks were parked inside the building at the time of the fire,” the release said. “Fire control was achieved by approximately 9:02 p.m. NiCor and ComEd were requested to the scene to secure the natural gas and electric utilities respectively.”

Fire investigators responded to probe the cause of the blaze.

“The preliminary fire investigation suggests the cause of the fire appears to be accidental; however, the investigation currently remains open at the time of this press release,” according to the fire protection district. “The dollar loss is estimated to be in excess of $2 million dollars after the initial investigation.”

The smoke and fire damage left the building uninhabitable, the release said.

“Fire agencies including Minooka, Troy, Elwood, Morris, Wilmington, Coal City, Plainfield, Rockdale, East Joliet and Wilmington ESDA provided assistance at the scene,” the release said. “Fire agencies from Braidwood and Morris provided area coverage throughout the incident. Channahon police provided traffic control and site security for the duration of the incident.”