Good morning, troops. It's Tuesday, Dec. 3.
A fish market that's been in business more than 65 years in western Illinois burned to the ground early Tuesday.
Quality Fisheries in Niota was destroyed by fire, according to a post on its Facebook page.
"The building and equipment are a complete (loss)," a post stated.
A woman who answered the telephone Tuesday morning at the Hancock County Sheriff's Office in Carthage had no additional information.
Quality Fisheries might have been the primary commerce spot in Niota, an unincorporated community of apparently undetermined population along the Mississippi River.
Niota is located about 100 miles west of Peoria, at the western end of Illinois Route 9 and on the eastern end of the toll bridge that leads to Fort Madison, Iowa.
That double-decked, swing-span bridge is famous, or perhaps infamous, for having a jog in the middle and for carrying both rail and road traffic.
The Great Flood of 1993 swamped that area. Quality Fisheries, which opened 40 years earlier, endured.
Its primary business, according to its website, is to purchase and sell buffalo, carp, catfish, sturgeon and other species from commercial fishermen on the Mississippi.
Catches were sold at the store's retail outlet, the Niota Fish Market, as well as at wholesale to Chicago fish markets and area restaurants. The store also sold imported, frozen seafood.
The business is to be closed indefinitely, according to Facebook. The owners suggested they might seek a building to lease, at least temporarily.