A longtime Bettendorf business was seriously damaged in a fire Monday night.

Bettendorf firefighters were called to Bettendorf Home Repair and Remodeling, 3221 State St., just after 9:30 p.m. Monday. Employees at a neighboring businesses noticed smoke coming from the building, according to a news release from the Bettendorf Fire Department.

Fire officials, including Capt. Steven H. Knorrek, fire marshal, and Chief Gerry Voelliger were on scene this morning to determine the cause of the fire. They expected to have more information later today.

Crews extinguished the fire about 11:25 p.m. No one was in the building at the time of the fire, the release said, and no one was injured.

The metal-sided building sits in an industrial part of State Street next to several similarly constructed warehouse buildings. The building suffered heavy smoke and fire damage. 

Riverdale Fire Department and Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department also were on scene, along with Bettendorf Police. State Street was blocked in both directions as firefighters battled the blaze.

According to the company's website, Bettendorf Home Repair and Remodeling was established in 2001 by Lenny Wilkinson, who started repairing and remodeling homes as a side job while stationed in Hawaii with the U.S. Navy. 


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Fire breaks out in Bettendorf

Kurt Allemeier at 11:15 a.m.

Firefighters from Bettendorf, Riverdale and the Rock Island Arsenal were responding Monday to a fire at Bettendorf Home Repair, 3221 State St., Bettendorf.

The metal-sided building sits in an industrial part of State Street next to several similarly constructed warehouse buildings.

According to authorities, the fire was reported at 9:37 p.m. by a passerby.

State Street was blocked in both directions as firefighters battled the blaze.

Details of the fire and a damage estimate were not available.

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The fire was actually in one of the storage units attached to the same building. While Bettendorf Home Repair and Remodeling did not sustain any fire damage, there is heavy smoke damage to the entire structure and the building is currently off limits while the fire department investigates. Fortunately no one was injured in this event and thanks to the fantastic response from the Bettendorf Fire Department, a lot of proerty and equipment was saved from total destruction. A new office is being set up and the company will continue with business as usual. Thanks to all who have voiced concerns.

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