Breaking News:15 displaced by Palatine fire

“A condominium building fire in northwest suburban Palatine this morning gutted three apartments and displaced 15 people, officials said.
Firefighters were called to the three-story building in the 1400 block of Winslowe Drive about 8:10 a.m. when people noticed smoke in the building, and the first firefighters to arrive found heavy fire in a first-floor unit of the building, according to a release from the Palatine Fire Department.
Crews fought the fire from inside and outside the building and had to open the roof and the building’s walls to keep the fire from spreading. Other firefighters searched for anyone who might be trapped in the building. All residents were found to have gotten out safely.
The fire damaged three units badly enough that they are uninhabitable, but it was brought under control before 8:30 a.m., according to the fire department. No one was injured. More than 30 firefighters and other personnel were part of the effort to put out the blaze.
The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago was at the scene, working with the 15 people displaced by the fire.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.


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