Derelict garage burns in RI

Posted Online: July 19, 2014, 4:53 pm
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Staff report
ROCK ISLAND -- The Rock Island Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire in a vacant garage at 1602 9th St. about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fire crews found a two-story wood frame garage with flames showing from the north side of the garage on the exterior wall and through a hole in the roof. An inside wall was burning along with a large pile of leaves on the garage floor, according to a department press release.

The structure was vacant with no garage door and no contents in the garage, the release said. The garage is in disrepair and has multiple large holes in the roof due to rot. The fire was extinguished in less than five minutes and is under investigation by the Rock Island Fire Department fire marshal.


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  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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