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Fire on Fell

Four Illinois State University students moved their belongings out of an apartment building damaged in an early Tuesday-morning fire.

NORMAL — Four residents of an apartment in the 200 block of North Fell Avenue in Normal escaped unharmed after a fire broke out just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

All four tenants lived in a single, four-bedroom unit on the ground floor of the apartment building managed by Young America Realty, said the company's general manager Andy Netzer. The four moved to a new location Tuesday with help from representatives of the company.

There were no injuries reported. The apartment sustained heavy fire and smoke damage throughout. There was no dollar estimate available Tuesday and the cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation. 

"The remainder of the apartments are not damaged, but they will be fully cleaned by a professional restoration company, as well as have air scrubbers installed to purify the air," Netzer said. "But those residents are not going to be displaced."

When they arrived, Normal firefighters found flames coming from the north side windows on the lower level of the three-story building at 204 N. Fell. The building was evacuated at that time.

A second alarm was called that sent additional on-duty resources, off-duty Normal firefighters, and a request for a rapid intervention team from the Bloomington Fire Department to the scene.

The fire, which heavily damaged the apartment, was under control in about 20 minutes, NFD said. Firefighters remained on the scene to check for hot spots and to ventilate smoke for about another hour.

The American Red Cross also was assisting the four occupants with immediate needs. 

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