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Firefighters say Rantoul business total loss after fire

Firefighters say{ }Martin Brothers Logistics in Rantoul is a total loss after a Wednesday morning fire. (Nikki McGee)

Rantoul and other area firefighters are responding to a business fire reported around 7:45 Wednesday morning.

An employee reported flames upon arriving to work at Martin Brothers Logistics in Rantoul. The company specializes in hauling asphalt.

There were no injuries, but there was extensive property damage.


"The property inside is a total loss at this time," Rantoul Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Kaiser said. "They had lots of equipment and trucks and some personal items, motorcycles, that kind of stuff that was inside. They were able to get the stuff that started and the stuff that ran and they were able to save some of the vehicles, but there's still other vehicles and other objects inside that's a total loss. Tools and other property."

Assistant Chief Kaiser said the cause of the fire is still being investigated, but crews believe it started in the back of the building around an electrical panel.

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