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Official: Beloit apartment fire displaced residents

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Neil Johnson
September 24, 2013

BELOIT—Firefighting crews from Beloit were working to secure an apartment that caught fire Tuesday evening, leading to elderly residents being displaced.

Beloit Deputy Fire Chief Joe Murray said the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army were working late to find emergency shelter for residents of a 4-floor, multi-unit apartment at 930 Church St., Beloit, after a fire broke out there around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Murray said firefighters were tending to hot spots at the apartment and securing the building after all residents were evacuated. Some residents were treated at the scene for undisclosed injuries.

Murray wasn't sure if any were later hospitalized. He also wasn't sure how many people were in the apartment at the time of the fire.

Murray also couldn't give a headcount on how many people live in the apartment building  but said the complex has a blend of subsidized apartments and senior housing.

Murray said everyone was evacuated from the building, and fire crews were slowly letting residents in to get medication and personal belongings.

“It's (the building is) not inhabitable,” he said.

Fire crews late Tuesday still were investigating the cause of the fire, and Murray said he was unable to give an estimate of the damage.

Beloit Fire Department officials called in several area departments from Rock and Walworth counties to assist and to secure their own department quarters, according to reports.



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