ROYALTON —An early-morning fire in Royalton gutted the Royalton First Christian Church – a landmark structure in the southwestern Franklin County community for more than 80 years.
Firefighters were called shortly after 5 a.m. and battled the fire at the three-story structure for several hours. When Royalton firemen arrived at 5:10 a.m. the entire upper floor of the church was engulfed in flames. Firefighters never entered the building due to the structural damage. The building was considered a total loss and crews razed the building late Sunday afternoon because of the safety risked posed.
Several fire departments from nearby communities and authorities from the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office assisted in the effort. No cause has been determined and no one was injured in the fire.