DANVILLE – There were no injuries in a weekend apartment building fire that displaced residents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Danville firefighters responded at 6:39 p.m. Saturday to a report of a fire at an apartment complex at 1212 Garden Drive.
According to the Danville Fire Department, firefighters upon arrival to the eight-unit building found smoke coming from the first floor and fire from a vent on the roof.
Firefighters conducted a primary search for occupants and initially found two apartments on fire.
Conditions got to be too hot and then firefighters then went defensive, according to the fire department. The fire was knocked down and then firefighters reentered the building to pulling the ceiling and do overhaul. A secondary search also was conducted.
The American Red Cross and also Danville Mass Transit with a bus assisted displaced residents needing to be relocated.
Estimated value of damage was $250,000 to the building and $125,000 in contents.
The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office was called to assist in the investigation.
Danville firefighters stayed on scene until 1:06 a.m. Sunday. They then returned from 8:04 p.m.-9:31 p.m. Sunday for smoldering insulation.
The American Red Cross serving Central Illinois thanked its volunteers and staff on social media who provided care and assistance to the displaced residents.
The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan. The Red Cross installs free smoke alarms year-round. To schedule an appointment to get a free installation in your home, visit: getasmokealarm.org.