Fire at Monmouth Airport destroys hangar

Credit: City of Monmouth

MONMOUTH, Ill. (NEWS3) — Monmouth Fire Department responded to Monmouth Municipal Airport early Friday morning for a report of heavy smoke coming from the airport hangar and main office.

Monmouth Fire Chief Casey Rexroat said the department responded just before 6 a.m. and found the hangar fully engulfed.

Rexroat said the fire was isolated to the main structure which served as an aircraft hangar and administrative office. Rexroat said 10 planes were inside the hangar during the fire, valued at $750,000.

Rexroat said the department called for mutual aid from other area departments. The fire was contained within three hours.

No injuries were reported.

Executive Administrative Assistant of the city, Jan Helms called the fire “devastating.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshal.