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Fire heavily damages downtown Bloomington apartment building

Overhead view of building fire
Bloomington Fire Department
Fire crews spent much of Wednesday battling a large fire just west of downtown Bloomington.

Fire crews in Bloomington spent much of Wednesday battling a blaze that heavily damaged an apartment building just west of downtown.

The Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) was called to the three-story brick building at Market and Lee streets around 6:25 a.m. Crews saw fire coming from the roof and thick smoke pouring from the top two floors, said spokesperson Frank Friend.

BFD said the building is vacant and under construction. It suffered major damage. No cost estimate was available.

No injuries were reported. One family was temporarily displaced in a nearby home because of the fire conditions. The Red Cross is assisting one adult and two children.

The fire department closed a portion of Market Street to traffic for much of the day and returned to the scene on Wednesday afternoon because of a small rekindle on the roof that had partially collapsed in the fire.

The Normal Fire Department provided mutual aid.

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