Cahokia coin laundry burns days before scheduled closing

Apr 17, 2013 Full story: Belleville News Democrat 11

Firefighters from 12 area departments assisted Cahokia fire department Wednesday afternoon on a building fire.

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Glen Carbon, IL

#1 Apr 17, 2013
A coin laundry in Cahokia caught fire Wednesday afternoon, just days before it was scheduled to close.
Cahokia Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Robbins said the call came in at 12:30 p.m. and the first firefighters found heavy smoke and lots of heat.
"They made it about 10 feet in the door before they had to back out due to safety reasons," Robbins said.
The coin laundry was scheduled to close April 30. It was closed when the call came in Wednesday and no one was inside, Robbins said.
He said it is too soon to say whether it might be an accident or an arson, but the Office of the State Fire Marshal is being called to investigate. As a result of the cleaning chemicals that could be housed in the business, he said St. Clair County's hazardous materials team was being brought in.
Firefighters were also trying to control the water coming off the fire, to keep any hazardous materials out of the storm sewers.
Twelve departments with 40 to 50 firefighters were working the fire. Robbins said the 80-degree day and low water pressure from the old hydrants in the area were hampering their efforts.
Three aerial trucks were spraying water on the fire, but tankers were brought in to supplement the hydrants.
wrong

Edwardsville, IL

#3 Apr 17, 2013
It was Cahokia Dry Cleaners across the street from the laundromat on Jerome Lane that burned.
Cahokia Native

Springfield, MO

#4 Apr 19, 2013
I tried to purchase that building from him back in January. He told me the title had a lein on it from when his dad had it and therefore he couldn't sell. It is awfully suspicious that now its gone.
Okk

United States

#5 Apr 19, 2013
Can you blame him? Look at that area people strolling around like animals screaming at each other.
Cahokia Native

Springfield, MO

#6 Apr 19, 2013
Okk wrote:
Can you blame him? Look at that area people strolling around like animals screaming at each other.
So it's ok to break the law, if your business is in a bad community? Why not just relocate. It would have been really sad if the fire would have spread to that neighboring home !
monya r

Granite City, IL

#7 Apr 19, 2013
Cahokia Native wrote:
I tried to purchase that building from him back in January. He told me the title had a lein on it from when his dad had it and therefore he couldn't sell. It is awfully suspicious that now its gone.
Sure you did! Who else but you would want to buy a business that no longer has any customers in a ghetto area.
Bet you can get it cheap now!

“My town”

Since: Mar 10

your mom's bed

#8 Apr 19, 2013
the old man had a gambling habit year's ago .
he owed me $ so i played a Potter and i got the deed me and johnny ladoff
I owe the building and lot
ha ha

Granite City, IL

#9 Apr 19, 2013
I had a coin operated machine in my front yard that dispensed toilet paper
Monya and her friends would drive by and pay 2 bucks to get enough toilet paper to wipe all their butts..
They would turn the paper over and try to clean the goober on their faces.
business man

Caseyville, IL

#10 Apr 30, 2013
I own a car wash in Cahokia and they would come in to bathe twice a year. When they were done the drains were clogged from all the filth from these people and the neighbors were complaining about the smell plus they were scaring the little kids.

Since: Feb 11

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#11 Apr 30, 2013
business man wrote:
I own a car wash in Cahokia and they would come in to bathe twice a year. When they were done the drains were clogged from all the filth from these people and the neighbors were complaining about the smell plus they were scaring the little kids.
I think I have been there a time or two. My wife use to take me there when her boyfriends use to cover my face in baby batter. Man I miss the good ole days
monya r

Caseyville, IL

#12 Apr 30, 2013
cahokia trucker wrote:
<quoted text>I think I have been there a time or two. My wife use to take me there when her boyfriends use to cover my face in baby batter. Man I miss the good ole days
I was never in that laundro mat. when my clothes get dirty i just toss them out the back door an go to the free store to git sum more or watch what the neighbors thow away

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