Firefighters have started clean-up as a longtime downtown business burned to the ground Thursday morning.  

According to multiple sources, at approximately 6:40 a.m. firefighters responded to 508 N. Madison St., Diesel Dick's repair shop, after a passerby noticed the flames and alerted authorities.  

At least two walls of the shop had collapsed, which threatened nearby apartments and a strip mall. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading, but Diesel Dick's was destroyed by the fire.  

Diesel Dick's is an auto repair shop that has been in business in Downtown Bloomington since the early 1960s.  

Firefighters worked on the stubborn fire for over three hours, the last leg of the work involving putting out hot spots that produced a lot of smoke.  

The fire department called in off-duty firefighters and received mutual aid from Normal and Bloomington Township fire departments as cold and snowy conditions added to the fatigue, multiple reports stated.  

Portions of Madison and Market streets were closed while crews worked on the fire and police were involved to help direct traffic.  

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is still being investigated by the Bloomington Fire Department.  

The BFD encourages anyone with photos or videos of the fire to send them in, as they could aid in the search for the cause.  

GRACE BARBIC is the News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at mgbarbi@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @gracebarbic


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