A branch of the $4.8 billion Citizens Equity First Credit Union in Washington, Ill., became a command center for the Washington Fire Department shortly after a tornado Sunday devastated the central Illinois city of about 15,000 people, killing at least one resident and destroying up to 500 homes.

(Left, CEFCU’s Washington Member Center on a quieter day.)

Washington is about 10 miles from Peoria, where CEFCU is headquartered, and many of its residents are CEFCU members, the credit union said.

“CEFCU Member Centers were not damaged by the recent severe storms in Illinois,” read a post on the cooperative’s Facebook site on Sunday. “However, the CEFCU Member Center in Washington is being used as a staging location by the Washington Fire Department. Please keep this community in your thoughts, as they are dealing with significant damage.”

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