Kendrick Paper fire in Mt. Vernon considered suspicious

Mt Vernon fire considered suspicious

MOUNT VERNON, IL (KFVS) - Multiple fire crews responded to a structure fire in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on Wednesday night, Feb. 13. Now it’s being treated as suspicious.

The fire sparked at Kendrick Paper Company, located on north Salem Road, around 5:30 p.m.

According to the Mount Vernon Fire Chief Kevin Sargent, the state fire marshal and Mt. Vernon police are investigating the fire.

Firefighters remained on scene overnight watching for hotspots. They brought in heavy equipment to help put those hotspots out.

There were no injuries.

Crews were expected to remain on scene until at least 5 p.m. on Feb. 14.

In video from witnesses, you could see flames coming out of the roof.

Flames spread to tractor trailers that were parked outside of the building.

Witnesses also heard popping noises.

“What that is is, they had equipment in there that they had moved those bails around with forklifts and stuff and those run off of propane tanks, and that’s what those explosions were when they heated up they exploded,” Sargent said.

A power company did knock out a grid so some residents lost power, but it was restored, according to Sargent.

As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, a KFVS photographer said heavy smoke still filled the area and firefighters were working to put the fire out.

Crews including Jefferson Fire, Woodlawn Fire, Waltonville Fire, Centralia Fire, and Elkville Fire were called to help fight the fire.

According to the company’s website, Kendrick offers a variety of services including recycling.

The fire chief says if anyone saw anything suspicious to call the Mt. Vernon Police Department at (618) 242-2727 or CrimeStoppers at 242-TIPS.

Paper Co. fire (Souce: Scott Logue)
(Source: Mount Vernon Community Watch)
(Source: Mount Vernon Community Watch)
(Source: Chris Drury/KFVS)
(Source: Chris Drury/KFVS)

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