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1 injured, 9 displaced after Coal City apartment building blaze

One person was hospitalized and nine residents were displaced after an early Monday fire in a Coal City apartment building.
One person was hospitalized and nine residents were displaced after an early Monday fire in a Coal City apartment building.

One person was hospitalized and nine residents were displaced after an early Monday fire in a Coal City apartment building.

The Grundy County 911 Center received a call of a fire in a second-floor apartment at 30 N. Broadway St. in Coal City about 3:20 a.m. Monday, according to a news release from the Coal City Fire Protection District.

When Coal City fire crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from the second level of a two-story commercial/residential building. One occupied business was on the first floor and three apartments were on the second, according to the release. Coal City police were evacuating tenants when firefighters arrived.

One person was taken to the hospital with fire-related injuries, but was in stable condition, according to the release.

The fire was extinguished, and crews began cleaning up before 5 a.m. Monday.

Coal City fire investigators determined a candle likely caused the fire, but they did not have an estimate of how much damage was caused later Monday. The nine people who were displaced are under the care of the American Red Cross.

“Our crews did a fantastic job in extinguishing the fire quickly and safely,” Coal City Fire Chief James Sheldon said. “Thank you to all of our mutual aid companies who assisted, as well.”

Division Street was closed between De Witt Place and Kankakee Street for about an hour during the incident. Broadway remained closed after the fire was extinguished, the release said.

Emergency crews from Wilmington, Morris, Channahon, Braidwood, Manhattan, Minooka, East Joliet, Grundy County EMA, Coal City police and elsewhere assisted Coal City fire.

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