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Destructive blaze in downtown Aurora

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The four businesses seen from Madison Avenue in Aurora, on the block north of the City Hall, severely damaged by fire on Sunday. [Times Photo by Lisa Craft]
A large building in downtown Aurora was destroyed by fire on Sunday. The building which houses Myra Mae's Antiques, Jessee Insurance Agency and two other businesses on Madison Avenue, north of the square, was destroyed in a blaze that kept around 50 firefighters from five departments busy for several hours. The call came in shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday. Firefighter Andrew Leach, who was among the first to arrive, said heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the front windows and the rear. Leach called in mutual aid from Aurora Rural. Upon arrival, Chief Robert Ward called for the Monett Fire Department's ladder truck plus additional assistance from the Verona, Marionville and Marionville Rural departments. Monett was cleared to return to base at 6 a.m., and the Aurora firefighters were back in their station at 8:44 a.m. Leach said the fire marshal was called to determine the cause of the blaze and planned to meet with the insurance company's investigator. Firefighters returned on one call-back when tar from the roof was smoldering. The fire was confined to the one building. An automotive garage between the fire and the square incurred water damage but no structural damage from the fire, Leach said. [Times Photo by Lisa Craft]

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