Fire causes $25,000 in damage to Pekin apartment complex

Fire causes $25,000 in damage to Pekin apartment complex

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More than a dozen people were evacuated from a Pekin apartment complex early Saturday morning after flames broke out.

It happened at 342 Ann Eliza Street shortly before 5 a.m.

When firefighters got there they found a blaze coming from a first floor apartment.

All residents had already been evacuated, but crews had to help get residents on the second floor out of the building.

16 people were inside.

One person was taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center and another was treated on the scene for a minor cut.

The red cross is helping those displaced by the fire.

The fire chief says eight of the fourteen apartment units had significant smoke damage.

Two of them had fire damage.

The cause of the fire is believed to be careless disposal of smoking materials.

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