June 17, 2021

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1 hurt in Pontiac auto repair shop fire | Local News



A fire was reported at Bernie’s Automotive on Wednesday. 




PONTIAC — The investigation into what started a fire at an auto repair shop in Pontiac that injured one person Wednesday night is continuing.

Firefighters were called at 6:51 p.m. to Bernie’s Automotive at 501 S. Ladd St. in Pontiac on Wednesday, said Pontiac Fire Chief Jacob Campbell.

“One civilian was transported to OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center and there were no reports of any first responder injuries,” he said Thursday.

The condition and identity of the person transported to the hospital was not available.

“Upon arrival the Pontiac Fire Department encountered an automotive repair center on fire including multiple vehicles that surrounded the building,” he said. “Pontiac Fire Department’s Incident Commander went immediately to a second box alarm due to the magnitude of the fire and potential exposures on the north, west, and south side of the repair center.”

Several vintage cars and cars of customers were located in the shop, but a damage estimate is not available.

“Multiple small explosions could be heard,” said a witness, Pam Geyer.

Fire departments from Chenoa, Cornell, Cullom, Dwight, Fairbury, Flanagan, Gridley, Odell and Saunemin were called in to assist. They also received support on scene by Commonwealth Edison, Duffy Ambulance, Illinois American Water Company, Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, NICOR Gas Company, Pontiac Police Department, Pontiac Streets Department and SELCAS Ambulance.