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Firefighters battle blaze at Uftring Washington


The following is a statement from the Uftring Washington dealership Facebook page:

First Responders from all over Central Illinois are continuing their brave efforts to fight this fire.

For our customers whose vehicles are in the facility, we will be in contact as soon as we possibly can.

Again, thank you all for your continued support and prayers.

3:30 p.m.

The fire started in the tool room at the Uftring Washington dealership, that's according to Washington Police Chief Mike McCoy.

Employees initially tried to put it out with fire extinguishers but couldn't.

He also says he's thankful for all of the help from several other departments.

Still no word on what caused the fire.

2:27 p.m.

Firefighters are still tending the fire.

Everyone got out of the building safely and is being taken care of right now.

Salt trucks have been brought in to make sure the roads in the area are not frozen over.

1:31 p.m. on Friday, Jan 5.

Multiple area fire departments are on the scene of a large fire at the Uftring Washington dealership on Washington Road.

WMBD/WYZZ's Brooke Brighton is on the scene and reports few details are known, but motorists are being asked to avoid Washington Road due to the emergency crews moving in and out of the area. 

Several viewers have reported they have family members who work there and have heard everyone got out of the facility safely. That report has yet to be confirmed by fire officials. 

We will update this story as details become available. 

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