The blaze was brought under control within about 25 minutes, though firefighters remained on scene for about an hour longer to extinguish hot spots.
Matt Swaney, spokesman and fire inspector for the Normal Fire Department, said the fire was reported by someone calling in directly to the station.
“If there is a fire, or if you need to report any emergency — don’t wait. Call 911 immediately,” Swaney said. “Every minute a fire is burning, it doubles in size, so if it takes you two or three minutes to look up a phone number to call, that fire has already doubled in size two or three times. Worse yet, if the firefighters in that station were out on another call, your phone call could potentially go unanswered and cause additional delays to our response.”
A damage estimate was not available Friday morning, though officials said the fire damage was isolated to the southernmost stall of the garage. Smoke extended throughout the building’s connected attic space.
Photos: Last week Bloomington-Normal firefighters batted a blaze on South Linden Street
Photos: Normal and Bloomington fire departments fight fire at Linden Street apartments
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Investigators are still searching for a cause to Saturday’s morning train derailment in uptown Normal, which damaged at least 16 cargo cars on a Union Pacific train. Cleanup and repair on the track will continue this week, but one of the two lines is now open and trains have been moving through town.
The fire destroyed or heavily damaged 12 apartments during a busy weekend for firefighters in which they also handled a massive train derailment in uptown Normal, and handled a Sunday morning fire related to that.
Normal Fire Department spokesman Matt Swaney said the origin and cause of the fire are not yet known. Once firefighters can knock out "hot spots" inside the building, the investigation work will begin, he said.
Jeff Woodard, director of marketing and community relations at McLean County History Museum, will present the biographies of three local African Americans and how they made their mark in McLean County. The three 45-minute presentations will take place virtually on Zoom next week.