A large fire destroyed four businesses in downtown Osceola on Thursday.

According to the Clinton Fire Department, they received a mutual aid request on Thursday morning for an aerial platform truck to respond to Osceola for a commercial structure fire on their downtown square.

Several other agencies responded to requests for assistance from the Osceola Fire Department as well.

“We ask that you please pray for the safety of all first responders on scene as they battle this fire in extreme cold temperatures,” a facebook post read.

According to Clinton Fire Chief Mark Manuel, two large commercial buildings were involved in the fire with four separate business occupants displaced.

Fire crews worked to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings.

“Due to the extent of fire damage, building construction, and other building features, fire crews are unable to make entry into the building to reach the seat of the fire. A coordinated defensive fire attack was in progress with all agencies on scene,” the post concluded.

The fire destroyed the Osceola barbershop, a thrift store, and apartments on the east side of the public square.

Several local fire departments tended the fire overnight in Osceola, located southwest of Warsaw just off Highways 82 & 13.

Three aerial trucks, 21 tanker trucks, several pumpers and roughly 100 firefighters battled the blaze on Thursday.


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