NORMAL — A fire in a clothes dryer caused about $10,000 in damage to a Normal apartment building Monday morning and left one family displaced.
The fire reported at 12:25 a.m. at 101 Northfield Drive, Building H, left about $15,000 in damage but no injuries. The cause remains under investigation.
Normal firefighters met a resident outside who said a clothes dryer inside her apartment was on fire, and it was spreading. They found heavy smoke inside the apartment and used a thermal imaging camera to locate the laundry room.
It took less than 30 minutes to extinguish the fire, thanks in part to a sprinkler system that helped prevent the fire's spread, said Normal Fire Department spokesman Matt Swaney. Firefighters remained on the scene ventilating smoke, salvaging property, and checking for hot spots for another hour or so, he said.
Due to the number of residents in the building, a second alarm was ordered, calling in off-duty Normal firefighters and a Rapid Intervention Team from Bloomington Fire Department.
There was heavy fire and smoke damage to the apartment's laundry room and moderate heat and smoke damage to the rest of the apartment. Damage is estimated at $10,000 to the building and $5,000 in the contents, according to a news release from the department.
The American Red Cross of the Heartland was contacted to assist with temporary needs of the two adults and one child who lived in the apartment. Apartment management representatives were on the scene to assist as well.