Quincy, lll., firefighters were battling a large five-alarm fire Friday night, Sept. 6, at the Newcomb Hotel at Fourth and Maine streets in downtown Quincy.
The fire in the vacant Newcomb Hotel was discovered shortly before 9 p.m. Friday.
At one point between 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., the firefighters were ordered to evacuate the building.
At 9:55 p.m. an announcement was made that the nearby Lincoln Douglas building Apartments at 101 N. Fourth St. would have a mandatory evacuation. Residents were to be taken to the Quincy Senior Center at 639 York by city bus.
At 10 p.m. firefighters announced they were just trying to contain the fire to the Newcomb building.
Traffic was blocked in that area all evening, and at 10:30 p.m. Maine Street was still blocked. Traffic was being rerouted from the Mississippi River bridge.
KHQA-TV reported the building had been named one of Illinois' 10 most-endangered historic buildings.