3-Alarm Fire at IL Foundry

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 @ 09:05 AM gHale


A three-alarm fire at a west Champaign, IL, foundry that burned overnight Friday into Saturday remains under investigation.

No cause, origin or damage estimate is yet available, fire officials said Saturday morning.

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Firefighters from the Champaign, Urbana and Savoy fire departments battled the blaze.

The fire at Alloy Engineering & Casting Co., a division of WIRCO, ended up initially reported at 8:48 p.m., and upgraded to a two-alarm fire around 9:23 p.m., when firefighters got the order to evacuate the building. Officials upgraded it to a three-alarm blaze 16 minutes later.

The building houses Alloy Engineering & Casting Company, a foundry that produces heat-, corrosion- and wear-resistant castings. It was purchased by Wirco Inc. in August 2005.

Firefighters had the fire out by around 2:15 a.m. Saturday. There were no injuries in the incident.

Fire officials closed Mattis Avenue from Glenn Park Drive north to the railroad tracks Friday night. Residents of the area were allowed to stay in their homes. No injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported.

The Alloy foundry was also the site of a small fire the morning of May 27, 2011. In that instance, Champaign firefighters quickly controlled the fire that resulted when a hot casting came into contact with a machine’s rubber lining.