STREATOR – Fire destroyed the old four-story Lipton Tea building in Streator.
Firefighters were called to the scene late Saturday night and worked throughout the early morning Sunday to extinguish the fire. Crews from Streator, Peru and Ottawa used aerial ladders to fight the fire, while tankers from as far away as Saunemin ferried water to the site.
Ottawa Captain Buck Manley said firefighters could be at the scene for days to make sure the fire was out.
The Lipton Tea building once was considered for the National Register of Historic Places. The company left Streator in 1964, and the warehouse most recently stored plumbing and heating equipment.
Fire officials did not say how the fire started, but said they'll hold a news conference Monday.