Fire destroys van near Silvis Aldi


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Originally Posted Online: Dec. 11, 2012, 11:59 am
Last Updated: Dec. 11, 2012, 5:33 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

A 1997 Ford Windstar van was destroyed by a fire this morning outside the ALDI grocery store in Silvis.

No one was injured in the blaze, which occurred at 8:50 a.m. near the corner of 18th Street and Crosstown Avenue, Silvis Police Chief Bill Brasche said. 

Shortly before that, a Moline woman and her adult daughter had retrieved the van from an East Moline auto mechanic shop, where a fuel pump had been installed, officials said.  

Silvis Fire Chief David Leibovitz said that as the two women were driving past ALDI, at 1210 18th St., "all of a sudden they heard a loud noise under the hood and then a fire started." 

He said the van still was burning when police and fire arrived, but the fire was extinguished by 9 a.m. 

Chief Leibovitz said the van, which is registered to Emilianna Hardin, of East Moline, appeared to be unsalvageable and was towed from the scene.














 



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