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Fire causes $250K in damage at DeKalb airport

The damage from a Thursday morning fire at the maintenance facility at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport is visible on the back wall of the building.
The damage from a Thursday morning fire at the maintenance facility at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport is visible on the back wall of the building.

DeKALB – A fire caused about $250,000 in damage Thursday morning to a maintenance building at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, according to a news release from the DeKalb Fire Department.

The airport’s manager, Tom Cleveland, said the fire hasn’t affected operations.

“It’s not a catastrophe,” he said.

Firefighters were called about
6:45 a.m. to the airport, 2200 Pleasant St., where smoke was showing from the west overhead door of a hangar and a fire was found inside, the release said.

It took firefighters about 42 minutes to get the fire under control, and the cause and origin still are being investigated. No injuries were reported, according to the release.

Cleveland said that in addition to the whole back wall of the metal building being charred, some equipment was burned, including a parts washer and a power washer – but he said it’s all insured.

No one was in the building when the fire started, he said, and alluded to the fact that the cause might have been electrical.

The Sycamore, Cortland, Burlington, Maple Park and Shabbona fire departments assisted at the scene, along with the DeKalb Police Department.

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