The Taylorville Fire Department has released an update with more details regarding the fire at PS Printing Thursday evening. At 6:21 PM the Fire Department was called to 101 E Main Cross for a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews were met with moderate smoke, and the PS Printing store windows were black with smoke. The windows were taken out, and firefighters were met with heavy smoke conditions at the location. A first alarm was requested, and a request was put in for a second ladder truck, because of the heat and building area. Firefighters entered the building to attack the blaze, and had a difficult time finding the seat of the fire due to building construction. Fire crews overhauled and vented the building.
Extensive heat and smoke damage was received to the first floor of the building. The second floor had moderate smoke damage. The point of origin for the fire was found in the printing area, but the cause is currently undetermined. Total loss of contents and property is estimated at close to $200,000.
No civilian injuries were reported, and 1 firefighter was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion. The occupant of the upstairs apartment was also displaced due to the fire. Stonington, Owaneco, Pana, Edinburgh, Assumption, as well as Midland Fire departments assisted with the call.