The Galesburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1033 Enterprise Drive on Tuesday, November 22, at 7:28 pm. The response was initially dispatched as a general fire alarm. The response included all three stations and 11 personnel on duty. Upon arrival, smoke could be seen coming from a large self-contained trash compactor and the building. Battalion Chief Donald Brackett established Command and the Central Station crew made entry into the 200,ooo square foot warehouse with an attack line. Capt. Jeff Maher and his crew, using a thermal imaging camera since the entire structure was heavily charged with smoke, found their way through the warehouse discovering the fire inside the compactor. The sprinkler system had activated and kept the fire from spreading throughout the rest of the structure from the compactor with minimal damage to an interior wall. Berg's Towing was called to remove the compactor from the building and crews completed extinguishing the fire.
An emergency callback was initiated to provide emergency coverage for the city. There were no injuries reported. Preliminary damage estimates are at $10,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Galesburg Fire Department Investigators.