Raber Packing Co. destroyed in fire

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Ten fire departments responded to a massive fire at Raber Packing Company off Farmington Rd in Peoria County Thursday night.

Limestone Township Fire Chief Larry Gilmore says no one was hurt, but the roof collapsed. The call came in at 8:19 p.m., and, as of 11 p.m., the building wasn’t still safe for firefighters to enter.

“Raber’s been around a long time,” Gilmore said. “He’s got a lot of packages in here, and it being close to the holiday all the owners are here so we’re giving them support.”

There’s no word on what started the fire. There were no injuries in the fire.

The owners said they were devastated that the fire came so close to Thanksgiving, one of the busiest times of the year. About 40 employees work at the family-owned business.

Cooler trailers full of deer meat in front of the building may not be salvageable, owner Buddy Raber said.

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