SILVIS, Ill. (KWQC) – The streets of Silvis were littered with smoke from a fire at a local hardware store.
The fire started before 4 p.m. on August 3, 2015 at Anchor Lumber.
After battling the blaze for more than two hours, crews began trying to bring down part of the facade. Unfavorable wind and fire caused more of the building to become engulfed.
A 20-year employee of Anchor Lumber, Stuart Tennant, said the fire progressed rapidly.
“I looked out and I saw it was on fire,” Tennant said. “I wanted to go back in and make sure there was no customers standing around there. I wanted everyone to get out so I ran back in. There was no one else in there. I turned around and came back out and by then the whole front face was totally engulfed. Within five minutes it was up in flames.”
No one inside the store was injured. Tennant believed the fire began in the sign, as that was the first part of the building that he witnessed catch fire. At least four fire departments were on the scene battling the blaze.
An employee of Silvis Quick Change said police barricaded 1st Avenue and 13th Street to 1st Avenue and 17th Street. He went on to say that crews from Hampton and Silvis are on the scene.
Employees said the business has been around for more than 50 years. Smoke could be seen by TV-6 viewers from East Moline and other areas in the Illinois Quad Cities.