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UPDATE: University Liquors likely a total loss after early morning fire

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University Liquors Fire -- Picture Courtesy: Normal Fire Dept. University Liquors Fire -- Picture Courtesy: Normal Fire Dept.
University Liquors Fire -- Photo Courtesy: Normal Fire Dept. University Liquors Fire -- Photo Courtesy: Normal Fire Dept.
NORMAL, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

A Normal liquor store suffered major damage in an early Monday morning fire. 

The Normal Fire Department said a major fire broke out at University Liquors, 706 W. Beaufort St, just before 2:30 a.m. The fire spread through the roof and caused major damage to the business.

A tower ladder truck was extended over the business to help firefighters cut holes in the roof to ventilate the two-alarm fire. The main fire was out in half an hour, but firefighters continued to put out hot spots in the roof for several hours afterwards. 

“This fire was an especially dangerous one for our firefighters.  Due to the lack of windows on the building, there were only two doorways out.  If, in the course of fighting the fire, they had to evacuate rapidly, or if there was some kind of collapse of the ceiling or roof structure, the firefighters could easily have become trapped with no way out,” said Fire Chief Mick Humer.  “Thankfully that wasn’t the case on this fire, but it’s something in the front of our minds on something like this.  Our interior firefighters were able to get in and get the job done very effectively and we are very proud of their efforts.” 

Ameren and NICOR shut off utilities to the building. The McLean County Health Department also responded. All items in the building will likely have to be discarded due to the high temperatures and chemicals given off during the fire. 

University Liquors is working with their insurance company to find a restoration company to secure the business. It will remain closed for some time, the fire department said in a press release. 

There is no damage estimate at this time. No injuries were reported. The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation. 

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