The former high school in the central Illinois city of Farmington has burned, sending a black plume of smoke into the sky that was visible for miles. Yates City Fire Chief John McKinty says no one was injured in the Thursday morning fire, which sent flames shooting more than 20 feet through the roof. About a dozen fire departments helped fight the blaze for hours. McKinty says firefighters were to remain at the scene into Thursday night to douse hot spots. The building was the original Farmington High School and was built in 1925. It was turned into a commercial center when classes moved to the new high school building in 2004. Farmington is in Fulton County.
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