2 in­jured in New Lenox fire

Daily Southtown - - NEWS - By Frank Vaisvi­las Frank Vaisvi­las is a free­lance re­porter for the Daily South­town.

Two peo­ple were rushed to an area hos­pi­tal early Sun­day morn­ing after suf­fer­ing in­juries from a fire at an apart­ment build­ing in New Lenox, a fire of­fi­cial said.

Their con­di­tions were not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

New Lenox fire­fight­ers re­sponded to a call at 5:17 a.m. and found fire ris­ing through the roof of an apart­ment build­ing in the 1200 block of Tim­ber Place.

They fought the fire for about an hour be­fore hav­ing to call for ad­di­tional re­spon­ders from sur­round­ing towns.

“It was mostly on the roof, and it was a stub­born fire to get to,” New Lenox Fire Chief Adam Riegel said.

He said the fire caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to the sec­ond floor, but the en­tire build­ing sus­tained heavy smoke and water dam­age.

“No­body will be able to stay here any­time soon,” Riegel said.

He said nine res­i­dents are dis­placed from the five-unit, two-story build­ing, and the Red Cross was work­ing with them to find shel­ter.

Riegel said all the res­i­dents had self-evac­u­ated and no other in­juries were re­ported. The cause of the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

NEW LENOX FIRE DEPART­MENT

New Lenox fire­fight­ers re­sponded to a call at 5:17 a.m. and found a blaze through the roof of an apart­ment build­ing at the 1200 block of Tim­ber Place.

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