A car fire that spread into the garage at Main Street Automotive in Belleville briefly closed the road at about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday.
A car fire that spread into the garage at Main Street Automotive in Belleville briefly closed the road at about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday. Belleville Fire Department
A car fire that spread into the garage at Main Street Automotive in Belleville briefly closed the road at about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday. Belleville Fire Department

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.