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Families displaced, 3 injured in morning Channahon fire in apartment complex

Fire officials deem building uninhabitable

Three residents were hospitalized for smoke inhalation, and several families were displaced after an early morning blaze Monday in an apartment complex in Channahon.
Three residents were hospitalized for smoke inhalation, and several families were displaced after an early morning blaze Monday in an apartment complex in Channahon.

CHANNAHON – Three residents were hospitalized for smoke inhalation, and several families were displaced after an early morning blaze Monday in an apartment complex in Channahon.

Crews responded just after 3:10 a.m. Monday to the 25000 block of South Blackberry Lane in Channahon for a report of a structure fire, according to a news release from the Channahon Fire Protection District.

Channahon police, who arrived on the scene just before 3:15 a.m., confirmed that there was a blaze in an apartment complex. The first firefighters to respond reported that flames were visible from second-story windows on the northeast corner of the building.

All the building’s occupants had already safely evacuated when emergency responders arrived.

It took about 45 minutes and multiple hoses to extinguish the flames and ensure no one else was inside the complex, according to the release.

Three residents were taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet after being treated for smoke inhalation, and they remained stable as of Monday afternoon.

MABAS Division 15 fire investigators conducted an investigation and deemed the building uninhabitable because of smoke and fire damage.

The Channahon fire chaplain is working with the families who were displaced to assist with temporary living and domestic needs, according to the release.

Investigators determined the fire began in a single unit’s master bedroom, and firefighters were able to contain the blaze to that particular apartment. The fire’s cause remained undetermined and the investigation was still ongoing as of Monday afternoon.

A damage estimate was not yet available as of Monday afternoon.

Fire agencies from Minooka, Troy, Elwood, Morris, Braidwood, Wilmington, Coal City, Lockport, Plainfield, Manhattan, Rockdale, East Joliet and Homer assisted on the scene. Fire agencies from New Lenox and Romeoville provided area coverage throughout the incident, and Channahon police directed traffic and helped ensure site security.

Nicor Gas and ComEd also were called to the scene to secure gas lines and electricity.

Agencies remained on the scene until just before 7 a.m. Monday.