BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WAND) – A fire Monday night at an apartment building in Bloomington claimed the life of a resident and ended with several people passing through the hospital.
At 11:08 pm Monday, firefighters responded to 603 W. Market St. and found smoke coming from the eaves of the structure. Several residents were outside with their neighbors.
The crews of the first engine to arrive at the scene entered with a handline. Early reports to 911 spoke of “a house on fire with everyone out,” and follow-up reports from passers-by contained conflicting information as to whether everyone was outside or if there were potentially one or two. residents still inside.
Responders from the Normal Fire Department and the Bloomington Township Fire Department were called in to assist. About 40 minutes after the response began, the crews had to leave and adopt defensive tactics due to the conditions in the building. The stairs having burned down, the teams were initially unable to access the third floor.
They were again forced out in another attempt to get inside and attack the fire “seat”.
Following a large exterior attack involving four handlines and an aerial device, the fire was mostly under control and responders were able to penetrate inside. At around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, teams found a 62-year-old resident dead in his apartment.
The coroner’s office responded and identified the victim. This name has not yet been made public, as the next of kin has not yet been notified. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday at 8:30 am.
Five other residents were taken to local hospitals with fire-related injuries. No further updates were available on Tuesday on their terms.
The Red Cross has been notified of eight adults in need of assistance. All are moved after the building was destroyed in the fire.
The cause of this fire is being investigated and no estimate of the damage has been made.