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Crews respond to fire on Benton Square; nearby businesses saved

by Aaron Price | 11/13/22 | 10:48 a.m.

©️ WFCN News (Photo: Michael Dollins)
©️ WFCN News (Photo: Michael Dollins)

FRANKLIN COUNTY - Multiple fire agencies from across Southern Illinois responded to a structure fire this morning on the Benton Public Square.

The fire broke out in an apartment building in the Swofford Building, located directly next to Cafe Bloom on the square.

Upon arrival, smoke was seen coming from the building and a box alarm was struck. Several departments from around the region responded to the scene to assist.

Fire crews were able to gain control of the blaze before it spread to nearby buildings. No injuries have been confirmed at this time, and crews remain on scene. The Benton Square is closed until further notice.

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