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8 residents displaced after fire in downtown Charleston

Multiple fire departments worked all night to contain a downtown Charleston fire in Illinois.

Posted: Feb. 16, 2018 12:35 PM

CHARLESTON, Ill. (WTHI) - Multiple fire departments worked all night to contain a downtown Charleston fire in Illinois.

The Charleston Fire Department reports they were sent to 506 Monroe for a fire just after 1:45 a.m. (CT).

This is the location of Mother's Bar that also has apartments above the business. Two residents had to be rescued off the roof and three others had to be rescued from inside the building.

But, because of heavy smoke and dangerous conditions, firefighters had to evacuate the building and continue working from the outside.

Additional crews had to be called in and after several hours, officials report the second floor had collapsed causing major damage to the building.

Because of this fire, eight people have been displaced and are getting help from the American Red Cross. But, no injuries were reported.

The fire is currently under investigation.

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