One person was hospitalized and nine more displaced after an early morning fire in a Coal City apartment building Monday.
The Grundy County 911 Center received a call of a reported fire in a second-floor apartment at 30 N. Broadway St. in Coal City just before 3:20 a.m. Monday, according to a news release from the Coal City Fire Protection District.
Smoke was seen from the second level of a two-story commercial/residential building. Coal City police were already evacuating tenants when firefighters got there.
One person was transported to an area hospital and was listed in stable condition, according to the release.
The fire was extinguished, and crews began cleaning up before 5 a.m.
Coal City fire investigators determined a candle likely caused the fire, but they did not have an estimate of how much damage was caused. Nine people were displaced and are under the American Red Cross’ care.
“Our crews did a fantastic job in extinguishing the fire quickly and safely,” Coal City Fire Chief James Sheldon said. “Thank you to all of our mutual aid companies who assisted, as well.”
Coal City was assisted on the scene by Morris, Wilmington, Gardner, Channahon, Braidwood, Dwight, Manhattan, Seneca EMS, Wilmington ESDA, Minooka, East Joliet, Grundy County EMA, Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the Coal City Police Department.