Brighton, IL Welding Shop Explosion, Apr 1982
She was replacing the regular dispatcher, whose mother died.
The regular dispatcher ran to the police station and relieved Mrs. Price, who took the rescue truck to the fire scene.
A woman working in a key shop nearby ran outside, saw the fire, rushed back in to get the money from the cash drawer, closed the place and left, she said.
An employee at the service station said he thought a car had hit the building.
"I ran to see what hit the building and the owner dashed out to see if his gasoline pumps had exploded, and we ran into each other, he said.
Cletus Rathgeb, owner of the auto agency, rushed to the village from Alton after he was told the explosion had killed a man at his business. He and his sons run the business.
The fire was brought under control by Brighton Betsey Ann volunteer firemen assisted by units from Godfrey, Bunker Hill and Fosterburg.
The building was totally engulfed in flame when we got there, and we had to cool it with water before we could get in to look for the victim," said Brighton Assistant Fire Chief Bill Eyers.
Eyers praised the women in the department, who man the rescue truck, pull, hose, run a pumper or anything else that has to be done.
Brighton Mayor Walter Ahleymer, owner of the buildings, said today replacement cost of the two metal buildings would be about $50,000.
Alton Telegraph Illinois 1982-04-23