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Bloomington fire in vacant house

Bloomington fire in vacant house

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BLOOMINGTON — Fire broke out Saturday night in a vacant house at the corner of Main and Stewart Streets. The Bloomington Fire Department is investigating the incident.

The fire started about 9:30 at 1502 S. Main St., with police arriving moments before two fire trucks pulled up to see fire and heavy smoke pouring from the second-story east window.

Marlene Long, who lives just a block north of Stewart, was taking her dog for a walk when she saw some flames in the first-floor window.

“There was this intense smoke that was, just, wow,” said Long.

Long said she then ran across the street to the north window and started banging on it, afraid someone might be inside.

“I knew the people that used to live there. They were a young couple with a little boy and a little girl,” said Long, “and I was concerned the kids maybe were inside. I found out only tonight that no one lives there now.”

Assistant Chief Gary Sushka later confirmed the building was vacant when the fire started.

Sushka added it took 15 firemen about 20 minutes to get the blaze under control. The house suffered extensive fire damage on both floors and on two sides. It was not clear if the building was salvageable, fire officials said.

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