Lumber store blaze leaves 1,500 people without power
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - A two-alarm blazed burned through R.P. Lumber's store in Edwardsville, Illinois earlier in February, knocking out power and damaging homes in the area. 
The fire began in the storage building which housed mostly construction equipment. It soon turned into a blaze, provoking officials to upgrade it to two-alarm. Fighting the fire was made harder by extremely cold temperatures and its proximity to homes.
The fire soon spread to power lines, knocking out power for approximately 1,500 people. Power returned a few hours later.
Two warming shelters were opened.
Three nearby homes sustained heat damage. No injuries have been reported.
R.P. Lumber is a home service center and building materials supplier. The company runs more than 60 stores throughout Illinois, Missouri, Wyoming, and Iowa.

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