Jefferson Fire officials reported that Phoenix Tops, a family-owned and operated company located east of Mt. Vernon, was destroyed by fire on Saturday morning. Upon arrival at the building in the 400 block of Meadowbrook, flames were blowing through the garage door and there was heavy smoke showing. The fire then spread throughout the 50 by 150-foot building with the roof eventually collapsing into the building.
To put out the remainder of the fire, Heck’s Excavating was called in to remove the roof and most of the walls still standing. The State Fire Marshal’s office was also called to investigate the cause of the fire. Jefferson Fire 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 supply, fire lines were connected to the city water system providing enough water to fight the blaze. One of the lines supplied water to the Mt. Vernon Fire Tower with three additional hand lines. The website for Phoenix Tops indicates that they make handcrafted wooden flag displays and cremation urns and have been in business since 2016.