Excerpts from the daily-journal.com:

Shortly before 1 a.m. last Sunday, a St. Anne police officer on patrol smelled smoke and found flames shooting from the roof of the St. Anne Fire Protection District firehouse.

The district’s three engines, tender, and brush truck were all removed from the main building and the Riverside ambulance crew stationed in the main building was able to get their ambulance out.

Damage was estimated between $750,000 and $1 million. The building is a total loss. The fire is under investigation but is believed to be accidental.

Lost in the fire were the department’s duty pickup, rehab trailer, water rescue trailer, jon boat and its equipment, spare hose and spare gear.

Whenever St. Anne responds to a fire call, Aroma, Momence, Papineau, and Pembroke fire districts are called out as part of auto-aid. The fire went to a second box alarm, which brought departments from Beaverville, Kankakee City, Kankakee Township, Bradley, Manteno, Grant Park, Watseka, Chebanse Township, and Riverside Ambulance. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

thanks Dennis