A fire broke out at the Phoenix Tops company, located in the 400 block of Meadowbrook, east of Mt. Vernon, on Saturday morning. Jefferson Fire officials were on scene as flames blew through the garage door and heavy smoke was visible. The fire then spread throughout the 50 by 150-foot building, with the roof eventually collapsing into the structure.
To help put out the remaining fire, Heck’s Excavating was called in to remove part of the roof and some of the standing walls with a track hoe. The State Fire Marshal’s office was also called to investigate the cause of the fire. The Jefferson Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from several neighboring departments including Bluford, Kell, Mt Vernon City, Centralia Fire Protection District, Woodlawn, Ashley, Waltonville, and Wayne City.
Despite concerns about water availability due to its rural location, fire lines were connected to the city water system which provided enough water to fight the blaze effectively. One line even supplied water to the Mt. Vernon Fire Tower with three additional hand lines being used as well. According to their website, Phoenix Tops is a family-owned and operated business that specializes in creating handcrafted wooden flag displays and cremation urns since 2016.