Five years later, Farmington community reflects on old high school blaze

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FARMINGTON, Ill. — The City of Farmington is sentimental this week, remembering the fire that destroyed the old high school five years ago.

The old Farmington school building erupted in flames on May 15, 2014. Emmanuel Cervantes died in that fire. Investigators found his remains after battling the massive flames and smoke.

The community reflects on the blaze remembering the impact it left on the city. 

“It’s pretty neat to see that they value their history,” said Chris Darsham, Farmington Chief of Police. “Some towns don’t or the population shrinks so much that no one sticks around to remember the past so it’s quite refreshing.”

In regards to Cervantes and why he was in that building investigators still aren’t sure. Any tips are welcomed by farmington police. 

Anyone with potential leads can call the non-emergency line: (309) 245-2426. 

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