Monmouth Airport Fire Damages Numerous Planes

MONMOUTH, Illinois - Firefighters and investigators are sorting through the debris after a fire at the Monmouth, Illinois Airport around 6 a.m. Friday.

KWQC TV6 reports that the Monmouth Fire Department's Assistant Chief Pat Spears says they could see heavy smoke and flames when they arrived.

Fire crews were able to get two of the ten planes out of the hangar. One plane exploded when firefighters arrived. All of the planes had between 20 and 60 gallons of fuel in them. Damage to planes is estimated at $750,000.

No injuries were reported.

TV6 reports that the runways are shut down but the emergency landing is open.

Photo courtesy of KWQC TV6.

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