Krekels fire

Decatur firefighters extinguish a fire at Krekel’s Custard on U.S. 36 near Nelson Park Friday afternoon. No one was injured.

DECATUR — The Krekel's Kustard at 2320 E. Main St. will rise again, but it could take a few months, employee Taylor James said.

The rear corner of the building caught fire Friday afternoon, and Decatur residents were following closely on social media, sharing their memories and concerns as firefighters worked to contain the fire.

Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Rich Pruitt said a cause for the fire has yet to be determined, but a rough estimate conducted by the department put the damage at $55,000 based on how much of the building was affected.

At the scene Friday, Decatur Fire Chief Jeff Abbott said he suspected the cause was electrical. Firefighters received the call at 5:14 p.m. and were on the scene within 4 minutes. Ameren Illinois responded to the scene as well and disconnected the power.

The store's owner, Troy Teel, was not available for comment Monday. On Friday, he expressed his thanks that everyone got out of the building safely. He said the East Main Street location, right off U.S. 36 near Nelson Park, opened in 1982. Before that, a Taylor's Dairy Maid had operated in the same spot. 

James, who works at the Krekel's in Mount Zion, said a lot of details need to be worked out to determine a reopen date.

"It'll take a couple months, maybe late August, September," she said.

Several relatives of Krekel's founder Bill Krekel own and operate the famed burger restaurants independently of each other.

There are six Krekel's locations in the Decatur area. Teel owns the Mount Zion location and the East Main Street location that caught fire Friday.

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Decatur Reporter

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