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Unconventional snow removal starts fire at Bay Valley Foods
By STAFF REPORT
A crew using a torch to help remove snow and ice from atop the Bay Valley Foods building at 820 Palmyra Street in Dixon accidentally caught roofing material on fire around 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dixon City fire Capt. Mike Wilcox said. The fire had started to burn through the roof by the time Dixon City firefighters arrived, but they, Dixon Rural and Sterling and Rock Falls firefighters had everything under control 40 minutes later, Wilcox said. A preliminary estimate put damages at about $15,000, he said.