An apartment fire in Beloit leaves more than two dozen residents without a place to stay.
Emergency responders got the call before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. They responded to Emerson-Hall Apartments, at 930 Church Street. There was heavy smoke on the fourth floor. Crews found the fire in Apartment 403, in the unit's kitchen area. Everyone in the building was evacuated. Nobody was hurt. Crews got the fire under control and made sure there weren't flames in the walls or ceiling before they started investigating.
Firefighters call this a high-risk building, made up of disabled and low-income residents. Plus, it's a wood structure and flames can spread quickly. The Beloit Fire Department says about 25 people have been displaced by this fire. They can't come back into their homes until it's safe.
"The fire alarm system and the sprinkler system is going to be out of service, so we can't allow the building to be re-occupied as a result of a possible subsequent fire. There would be no way to warn them or put the fire out with the sprinkler system." -says Beloit Fire Chief Bradley Liggett.
The Beloit Fire Department got help from more than a dozen other area fire crews, including Rockton, North Park, Belvidere, Harlem-Roscoe and Win-Bur-Sew.
Crews set up an assistance center in the Beloit College Commons. The Red Cross is working with the displaced residents, helping them make arrangements to stay with a relative, friend or in a hotel.
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