Demolition causes fire at former Libby's Cannery

Adam Larck
The Eureka Fire Department works to put out the fire at Libby's Cannery in Eureka on Thursday.

A portion of the former Libby’s Cannery in Eureka caught fire at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The fire started in the back of the complex, located at 301 E. Bullock St., where workers were doing some demolition work, according to emergency medical services chief Randy Wolfe from the Eureka-Goodfield Fire Protection District.

The workers were burning off a pile of wood when the fire got away from them and into a nearby structure.

Metamora, Germantown Hills, Roanoke, Congerville and Washington Fire Departments were called to assist Eureka with the fire, which took about five hours to fully extinguish. However, the fire departments had the blaze under control within the first hour, Wolfe said.

The only injury reported was a minor head injury when a worker was struck by a piece of falling timber. He was treated and released.

The building had not been in use since about 1960, when Libby’s moved the canning facility to Morton.

Krumholz Trucking owns a portion of the property, where the demolition was being done.