The Moline Fire Department is investigating a fire that happened early Thursday in a downtown commercial building.

Firefighters were called around 3:33 a.m. to respond to a fire in the three-story building at 1530 5th Ave., according to the Moline Fire Department. When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke coming from the first and second floors. They went inside and quickly extinguished the core of the fire.

As the initial crews worked on the fire, other arriving firefighters checked the building for people but found none, according to the fire department. No injuries were reported. It was not thought that there were any active business tenants in the building as of Thursday.

Firefighters from several agencies were on the scene for about four hours while dealing with the fire, the department said. This included looking for areas where the fire might rekindle and checking the neighboring buildings for fire.

The potential of the fire spreading was a concern because neighboring buildings were attached to the building in which the fire started, the department said. The fire did not spread to other buildings.

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The fire was primarily limited to the first floor's contents, but there was smoke damage on the upper floors, the department said. A total damage estimate was not available.

The fire appears to have started on the first floor, but a cause was still being sought Thursday, the department said. The Office of the Illinois Fire Marshal was assisting in the investigation.

The Rock Island, East Moline, Rock Island Arsenal and Bettendorf fire departments assisted either at the scene or by covering other Moline calls while the fire was ongoing, the department said. Genesis and Medic ambulances were also on scene. The Moline Police Department, the Moline Second Alarmers and MidAmerican Energy also assisted in fighting the fire.


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