3 months ago by Bob Gough
Quincy Fire Department remains on the scene; Interview with Fire Chief Joe Henning
The Quincy Fire Department is on the scene of a four alarm fire at the Newcomb Hotel. Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning says crews were alerted to the blaze at 8:40 pm. Crews tried to "make a quick interior attack, tried to make their way up a second floor stairwell."
Henning says an engine approaching from the south saw fire coming from the windows. He says they immediately pulled crews from the building because they "don't take risks in this building."
Crews started a defensive fight on the building.
"The fire was concentrated on the southeast corner of the building initially. We were trying to keep it contained to that area but it’s gotten ahead of us. It's in the main portion of the building now."
Henning says they are now trying to keep the fire off of other buildings such as the Gardner Museum.
"This building is going to be a total loss."
Fire Department officials have evacuated the Lincoln Douglas apartments due to the heavy smoke from the fire. Residents of the complex have been taken by city bus to the Quincy Senior Center.
Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore says the city has contacted the Illinois Department of Transportation regarding traffic around the Newcomb. Traffic passes the building as it comes off of Illinois 57 and from Missouri onto Maine Street.
Moore expects to hold a Saturday morning news conference to give an update on the situation.