Anchor Lumber Reopens Day After Fire

Photo via Silvis Main Street on Facebook

After a major fire destroyed half of the retail store in Silvis Ill., an employee tells KWQC in Davenport, Iowa that Anchor Lumber is back in business.

The fire broke out shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, Quad-City Times reports. Silvis City Administrator Jim Grafton told the Quad-City Times that the building had been in the area for more than 50 years. Grafton told the paper that Anchor Lumber owner Alex McGehee and the company had given a lot to Silvis over the years. “It’s our time to give back to Alex,” he said.

The company reported on its Facebook page that they are open for business Tuesday and asked that customers use the contractor entrance. An outpouring of support from townspeople and loyal customers appeared in the Facebook comments that followed.

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Fire crews from many surrounding communities assisted in putting out the fire. The Quad-City Times has published a photo gallery of the firefighters battling the blaze. WQAD reports that a firewall prevented significant damage to the building. Most of the damage was sustained in the lawn and garden and cabinets sections of the store.

Silvis Fire Chief Dave Leibovitz  told QCOnline that no one was injured in the fire and the official cause is still under investigation.