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|Fire Destroys Apartment Building on North Seminary Street -- SEND US YOUR PICTURES FROM THE SCENE
|UPDATED 8:49 a-m 12/12/09 A fire has all but completely destroyed a two-story apartment building near downtown Galesburg.
Galesburg Fire Battalion Chief Chip Timmons says crews were called to the building at 251 North Seminary Street around 4:30 Friday afternoon, where fire was immediately showing from the second floor and attic areas, and flared up several times in that area before the fire was brought under control in about an hour.
Timmons tells WGIL there were a number of factors that made the fire hard to put out. "It's an old single-family house that's been converted into an apartment," Timmons said. "It's chopped up upstairs. The attic's floor, we've had a tough time getting into the attic. It's cold (and) we're fighting the ice."
Despite all that, Timmons says his approximately 20 firefighters all did an outstanding job of putting the blaze out, which was completely out in about an hour and a half.
He says other firefighters were called in to cover the rest of the city during the fire.
Police officials on scene said power had been cut to the home weeks ago, though that wasn't confirmed, nor that there were still people living in the home.
There were no injuries, and an official cause hadn't been determined Friday night.
CLICK HERE to hear a report broadcast on the air at 5:25pm Friday from WGIL's Will Stevenson at the scene. STAY WITH AM 1400 and WGIL.COM FOR FULL DETAILS. Were you at the scene of the fire and took pictures? E-MAIL WGIL NEWS HERE and send them to us (please include your name when sending).
(WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|12 11 09 by Newsroom
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