FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Thursday evening residents of the city of Freeport lost another historic place to go as the Two Eagles restaurant located downtown caught fire resulting in a “total loss” according to the Freeport Fire Department.
The department reports that on April 23, 2020 at 8:38pm the department responded to a commercial structure fire at 18 E. Main Street. Upon arrival the fire department found the structure to be heavily involved with a deep seated fire and heavy grey/brown smoke coming from the rear of the building.
Freeport Fire said the fire weakened the roof structure and the roof began to collapse. The department said they began defensive operations protecting the adjacent buildings and keeping the fire from spreading.
“The department utilized an excavator to pull the building apart and reach some of the fire under the collapsed roof”, the department reported in a release issued today. “It took about 5 hours to extinguish the fire.”
Freeport Fire said no one was in the building at the time of the fire, and that no one was injured. The fire was reported by bystanders calling 911 and patrol officers from the Freeport Police Department.
“The structure is valued at $190,000 and is a total loss”, Fire Chief Brad Liggett said. The value and loss of contents is undetermined at this time. Adjacent businesses suffered smoke damage to contents. The value of that loss is unavailable at this time. The origin and cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Freeport Fire Department was assisted by 15 neighboring fire and emergency medical service mutual aid partners with a total response of 29 units on scene. The Freeport Police Department, Interim City Manager Randy Bukus, Director of Utility Operations Tom Kopanski, Fischer Excavation, and The Salvation Army all assisted with support operations. The Freeport Fire Department and the citizens of Freeport want to thank those mutual aid partners for all the efforts last evening. Our mutual aid partners included Freeport Rural, Lena, German Valley, Rock City, Orangeville, Cedarville, Monroe, Davis, WinBurSew, Boone County District 2, Pearl City, Dakota, Shannon, and finally Leamon’s and Star Ambulance.