PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Fire crews responded to a late-night fire Tuesday at the Unsicker Farms, located at 7022 W Plank Rd, Peoria, IL 61604.
Now Unsicker Farms is left trying to figure out what to do with planting season right around the corner.
Limestone Fire Chief Larry Gilmore confirmed the fire engulfed Unsicker Farms. The fire engulfed the whole warehouse resulting in a total loss including tractors and farm implements around 11:54 p.m. The Limestone Fire Department was first on the scene followed by nine other departments including West Peoria, Peoria Heights, and Bartonville.
The National Guard was also called to bring a 4,000 gallon water tanker to provide assistance.
Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell says this is extremely difficult with planting season just starting.
“This is just a heartbreaking situation for this family and this farm. They lost all their equipment, unfortunately, with everything going on in the world, plus this is the beginning of planting season, they’re going to have to find a lot of workarounds right now to get their crop in. Our heart is for them, and we’ll do everything we can to help them out, whether it be through investigation or help them out with their investigation,” Asbell said.
No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated to cost at least a $1,000,000.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
The State Fire Marshal is currently investigating the cause of the fire.
If you’d like to help Unsicker Farms through this time, you can call them at (309) 697-5699 or visit their website here. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org