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Bloomington Residence Damaged By Fire

Home damaged by fire
Eric Stock
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WGLT
A five-unit apartment east of downtown Bloomington caught fire Sunday afternoon.

A two-story residence near downtown Bloomington sustained heavy damage in a fire Sunday afternoon.
The Bloomington Fire Department was called to 607 E. Jefferson St. at about 2:20 p.m., according to department public information officer Eric Davison.

Davison said a tenant living in a first-floor unit where the fire appears to have started saw flames and escaped unhurt.

“The units in the back though, they heard the smoke alarm and left,” Davison said. “They are crucial. Almost every case of deaths in fire it’s because smoke alarms weren’t there or not working.”

Davison said two of the units sustained heavy smoke and fire damage, while the rest of the residence appears to have sustained some smoke damage. The cost of the damage wasn’t immediately known.

The fire was under control in less than an hour. Davison said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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