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Monmouth airport fire destroys 8 planes

UPDATE (10:10 A.M.) — Monmouth Fire Chief Casey Rexroat said crews were called to the fire at the Monmouth Municipal Airport at about 6 a.m. Friday.

Rexroat said there were 10 planes, valued at $750,000, when the fire occurred, but two planes were able to be saved by being manually pushed out of the hangar. No injuries were reported.

The fire was isolated to the main structure, which held the hangar and administration office.

Fire fighters were able to knock the fire out in 45 minutes. Investigations are ongoing by the Illinois State Fire Marshal to find the cause and how much damage was done

MONMOUTH (HOI) — Authorities have confirmed to Heart of Illinois ABC that firefighters are on the scene of a fire at the Monmouth Municipal Airport, an hour west of Peoria.

Assistant Fire Chief Pat Spears tells our ABC affiliate WQAD that 10 personal planes were at the airport’s hangar, but only two were able to be saved.

At this time, most of the fire is out, but fire fighters are still battling hot spots.

Mutual aid was called, and at least 30 firefighters are currently on the scene.

We have a crew heading to the scene, and will have more as it becomes available.

John Kendall

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