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Ill. FFs knock down fast-moving apartment fire

Bloomington firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to locate bulk of fire in attic

By Drew Zimmerman
The Pantagraph

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The upper floors of a Brickyard Apartments facility were damaged in a structure fire Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the Bloomington Fire Department.

At 6:02 a.m., BFD was dispatched to 20 Brickyard Drive, Building A, for a reported porch fire.

First responders reported a fast-moving fire on the second floor and spreading to the third floor and attic area. Crews were met with heavy smoke and fire conditions, the release said.

Thermal imaging cameras showed that the fire had a foothold in the attic. Because of the size of the building, the fire conditions and the possible life safety challenges, a second alarm was requested to bring in off-duty firefighters.


Although two people were treated and released on scene, no one was transported to the hospital as a result of the fire.
“Personnel worked hard to get ahead of this fire,” Bloomington Fire Chief Cory Matheny said in a news release. “Due to their efforts, no one was seriously injured and the fire was confined and extinguished quickly.”

Assisting BFD were the American Red Cross, Nicor, Ameren, Connect Transit, the City of Bloomington Dispatch Center and the Normal Fire Department.

BFD is working with the Red Cross and property management to determine the number of people who were displaced by the fire and what services they may need.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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