Authorities: Fire at former clock factory in Ill.

By the Associated Press | January 1, 2012 | 7:45 AM EST

PERU, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a large fire has broken out in a former clock factory in the north central Illinois city of Peru.

An engineer answering calls for the Peru Fire Department says the fire began just before midnight and was still burning just before daybreak Sunday. Engineer Gary Eccles told The Associated Press he had no reports of serious injuries, but one firefighter suffered a minor injury at the scene.

Peru police chief Douglas Bernabei told The News Tribune ( http://b ) that flames began in the northwest sector of the former Westclox clock complex that covers several city blocks. Eccles says the fire is large and firetrucks were called from several stations all around.

The report also says people in nearby homes were ordered evacuated as a precaution.