18 residents displaced following Urbana apartment fire

Eighteen people were displaced following an Urbana apartment fire.

By Bryan Boccelli

Eighteen residents were displaced Monday night after a fire broke out at an Urbana apartment complex near campus.

Urbana Fire Department fire marshal Phil Edwards said crews were called to the scene, 201 S. Busey Ave., at 9:01 p.m.

Edwards said flames were coming out of the third floor of the northwest corner of the apartment complex. A female was on the balcony at the time crews responded but was rescued by crews with a ground ladder, he said.

No injuries were reported, Edwards said.

Here was the scene shortly after the fire broke out:

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    Residents said they heard an explosion before the fire broke out, a report Edwards said he also heard about.

    “I heard something fall and I heard glass break and there were flames in my face,” Stephanie Legare, junior in LAS, said.

    After the fire was extinguished and crews checked “hot spots,” responders escorted residents back into the building to grab essential belongings. The residents spent the night at the Illini Union Hotel.

    The building must be examined by engineers and other specialists to determine if it is fit to live in before residents can return, Edwards said.

    The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Edwards said they have found the point of origin.

    “It’s hard for me to say anything at this particular time,” Edwards said.  

    Bryan can be reached at [email protected].