Investigation into West City deaths complete

Press Release from Marty Leffler, Franklin County Coroner




Boil order for the village of West City

West City has issued a Boil Order for customers from the intersection of Washington Street and N. Central to S. Court Street, and everyone on the North side of Rt 14 in West City.


Benton and West City Firefighters called to a structure fire

by Steve Dunford 

Benton and West City firefighters were called to an apartment fire at 105 West Carlton.  The fire was limited to one porch and a room.

Buckner Fire Protection District provided mutual aid for West City.

We will share any information as it becomes available.

Local fire departments were busy Sunday evening

by Steve Dunford


Several area fire departments responded to a house fire last night at the corner of Horrell Ave. and St Louis St. in West Frankfort. (Zeigler Fire Department photo)

In a six hour stretch between 6:00 pm and around midnight, area fire departments were busy handling several calls.

Just right at 6:00 p.m. West Frankfort Firefighters were paged to the intersection of St. Louis Street and Horrell Avenue (Deering Road)  to a structure fire.  Departments from West City, Benton, Zeigler, Johnston City and Abbott EMS provided mutual aid.

Between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Royalton firefighters were toned to a pole barn fire on Washington Street.  Zeigler firefighters were leaving West Frankfort when the were called for mutual aid.  The structure was a total loss.  Christopher provided station coverage for Zeigler.

At 10:55 p.m., Benton firefighters were called to a single vehicle accident  and fire on East Main Street in front of the new Dollar General with injuries.

At 11;45 p.m.. West City firefighters were called to a three vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Route 14 and Central Street (in front of Walmart.)

I might be mistaken, but I am nearly positive that  Benton and West City provided mutual aid for each other during the wrecks.  Buckner Fire and Rescue also provided station coverage for West City.



West City Fire Department gets first responders

WSIL Photo

WEST CITY, IL (WSIL-TV.  Please click on the link above to the full story and video.  Here is an excerpt below)

The West City Fire Department now has the ability to respond better to emergencies.
The department now runs first responders in its fire district.

Firefighters now have special certification and training for a variety of emergency situations.

Deputy Chief Tim McGuire says it will give citizens the best service possible.


by Steve Dunford

WSIL-TV photo

At 2:02 pm, West City firefighters were toned to the scene of a barn fire on 10641 Eakin Grove Church road, with heavy fire and several explosions.  This was located just west of the former Eakin Grove Church.

The structure was a total loss, with $200,000 of estimated damage.  The cause of the fire, was a shorted out battery charger.

Benton, Ewing-Northern, Buckner, and Zeigler fire departments provided mutual aid.

Story information from WSIL-TV, Southern Illinois Fire Incidents, and Southern Illinois fire dispatch.  Below is a link to the News 3 story and video.




Major water line break in the City of Benton

by Steve Dunford

There has been a major water line break in the city of Benton, along West Church Street.  Pictures on social media show that part of the street is flooded.  It has been reported that residents in the area of the break are without water, and the Benton Street Department has issued a boil water order until further notice in the area of the break.

At this time the street is closed.  I will pass along further updates as I get them.

Here is a 6:45 p.m. update from KFVS-TV

This is from the City of Benton’s Facebook page

UPDATE: A boil water order is now in effect for all water customers from DuQuoin Street to South Main and from Washington Street to Hudelson. This order will likely be necessary until Tuesday. As a precaution, the order also remains in effect for anyone who has experienced a reduction in their water pressure. Water department crews are currently on scene and drivers should be aware that the intersection of Church and Pope is currently closed. We’ll keep updates coming on the repair progress of the water line and a lift of the order.


West City Water Tower Project Gets New Lease on Life


Benton Gazette photo

WEST CITY, IL – (William McPherson, Benton Gazette.  Please click on the link for the full story.)

West City Attorney Ronald Giacone reports that the Village’s proposed Water Tower Project received a favorable ruling recently in Washington D.C. but that there’s still work to be done before the issue is resolved.

The project had been brought to a halt due to a study which found the building permit to be in violation of FAA policy due to its’ proximity to the Benton Municipal Airport. One issue of contention for the Village Board, and for Benton Airport Board members has been the reported number of flights, said to be 22 per day, which allegedly take place at the Benton Airport. (


New Strip-Mall Coming to West City

WEST CITY, IL – (Benton Gazette.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.  The photo is from the story in the Gazette as well.)

Some major develops are headed to West City in the coming months.

West City Zoning Administrator Alan Thomas presented his monthly report on new permits and business construction at last Monday’s Village Board Meeting, and later in the week provided some updates of three big projects coming to the West Main Street area.

These projects include a new strip mall to be built at the site of the old Roll N’ Up Smoke Shop on West Main and Central, the newly purchased Toler Cinema, and the ongoing Mach1 construction project directly in front of the theater.

Apartment fire in Benton today

by Steve Dunford


Southern Illinois Fire Incidents photo

BENTON, IL –   Benton Firefighters were toned to 1412 Della St. (Behind Franklin Hospital) to an apartment fire this morning around 10:15 a.m.

The fire was contained, as only West City was called for mutual aid.  There was not a MABAS box alarm issued.

A spokesman for the Benton Fire Department says cause is undetermined at this time, and there is an undisclosed amount of damage.

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