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Fire, smoke Monday at Menards

SYCAMORE – Area fire crews battled a fire at the Sycamore Menards early Monday.

Sycamore Fire Department responded to a call at 2:22 a.m. at the big-box store at 1825 Mercantile Drive, according to a news release. Firefighters were able to control the flames within 15 minutes. The fire looks to have started on a display shelf near the front of the store, according to the release, although the cause has not yet been determined.

Sycamore Fire Chief Pete Polarek said the fire originated in the lighting department to the left of the main entry door to the store.

“The fire consumed an area approimately 10 feet by 6 feet,” he said. “The flame height was probably in the area of 15 feet or so.”

Estimated damage currently is at $500,000, according to the release.

There were no reported injuries.

Polarek said the damage is an estimate because of different factors at play such as cleaning costs, the loss of merchandise and the loss of business.

“Every hour they’re not open they’re losing money,” Polarek said.

Firefighters stayed at the store for 2½ hours in order to overhaul, ventilate and investigate, the news release said.

Eleven fire companies deployed to the scene: Sycamore, DeKalb, Cortland, Genoa-Kingston, Sugar Grove, Elburn, Kirkland, St. Charles, Burlington, Malta and Pingree Grove. Also responding were the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Division 8 Mobile Ventilation Unit, Sycamore Public Works and Sycamore Police Department.​​

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