**photo courtesy of the Monmouth Firefighters Local 1702
On Thursday, October 6th, 2022 at 1:56 PM, the Monmouth Fire Department responded to 318
North 9th Street, the Monmouth College Stockdale Center, for an activated fire alarm with smoke
being reported inside the building. Upon arrival, the incident commander observed visible smoke
coming from all floors in the southwest corner of the building and requested a second alarm
calling the off-duty Monmouth Firefighters and an ambulance. The Monmouth Firefighters
entered the building to extinguish the fire and were met with extreme heat and zero visibility.
Due to the high heat, the firefighters were forced to back out and then entered for a second time
before backing out again. Due to the difficulty with the initial route to the fire, the firefighters
located an alternate access which provided a better position to extinguish the fire.
There were no reported injuries and the firefighters were able to confine the fire to the area of
the building where it started which sustained heavy damage. The rest of the building was not
damaged by the fire but did have minor smoke damage. The cause of the fire is under
investigation by the Monmouth Fire Department and appears to be unintentional.
The incident eventually went to three alarms and agencies that assisted the Monmouth Fire
Department include the Central Warren Fire Protection District, Galesburg Fire Department,
Galesburg Hospital Ambulance Service, Monmouth Police Department, Monmouth College
Campus Safety, and Monmouth College Maintenance Staff.
***Courtesy of Monmouth Fire Chief Casey Rexroat***