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Fire engulfs Hoopeston tire facility

Firefighters in Central Illinois battled a blaze at a tire-recycling facility that officials fear could go on for days.

Firefighters were called to J&R Used Tire Service in Hoopeston early Wednesday. There they found part of the 400,000-square-foot brick facility engulfed in flames.

Hoopeston Fire Chief Cliff Crabtree says the building is filed with tires. He added the fire could burn either 24 to 36 hours, or for several days.

Police Chief Mark Drollinger said residents of nearby homes and apartment buildings were evacuated. He said he know how long residents would remain out their homes.

Maple, Elm and Chestnut Streets were among local routes closed.

Lance Smith, a brother of the facility's owner, said 5-15 workers were in the building when the fire began. All managed to escape without injury.

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Firefighters from at least a half-dozen departments are on the scene of a major blaze in Hoopeston this morning (Wed., June 19th). The fire is located at J & R Used Tire Service, located at Illinois route 9 and Market Streets in Hoopeston.

Firefighters have been battling the blaze for several hours, and thick black smoke is rolling across the community. Many residences have been evacuated.

There have been no reports of injuries. Hoopeston Volunteer Firefighters are getting mutual aid from several other departments including units from the Rossville, Bluegrass, Bismarck and Ambia, Indiana departments.

Police have cordoned off the area and are asking the public to stay away from the fire scene.

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Garage, house damaged by fire in Limestone Township

Damage estimates were being compiled today (Wed) following an overnight fire in Limestone Township. No injury was reported.

A house and garage sustained damage on Limestone School Road. An attached garage was totaled and there's damage to the house too. The cause was under investigation.

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IDOT alters Illiana Expressway plan

PEOTONE — The Illinois Department of Transportation Tuesday unveiled a slightly revised Illiana Expressway plan and formally proposed that it be a tollway.  IDOT made a few changes to the 47-mile route that will stretch from Interstate 55 in Wilmington to Interstate 65 in Indiana.

Two more potential interchanges have been added, that would bring the total number of interchanges along the Illiana to eight in Illinois and three in Indiana. The announcement was made ta public meeting at Peotone High School.

Twelve more local roads, seven in Illinois and five in Indiana, will be open and won't dead end at the highway under the revised plan. And the planned route also has shifted south in the Beecher area to avoid splitting farmland.
The changes were made after IDOT met with landowners, emergency responders, school district officials and local elected officials.

Emergency responders worried there was no interchange on a 16-mile stretch of the Illiana Expressway between Illinois 45 and 53, so an interchange was added at Wilton Center.

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Hoopeston Fire at J & R Used Tires

Hoopeston firefighters were called to J & R Used Tires in Hoopeston this morning. Mutual aid was called in from several neighboring departments. The fire broke out at the business on Route 9 at Market Street.

No word on the cause or injury at this time. The fire is near the former FMC Plant.

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