5 residents hospitalized, 8 displaced following 13-hour-long deadly fire in Bloomington

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Eight residents are displaced and five of them are in the hospital after a house fire blazed through the night in Bloomington.

Just after 11 p.m. Monday night, firefighters were dispatched to the 600 block of W. Market for a structure fire. Upon arrival, they found multiple residents outside with their neighbors.

The residents told them at least one person was still in the home, but due to the strength of the fire, firefighters were unable to get inside immediately.

At 2:20 a.m. Tuesday morning, crews were able to enter the structure, where they found a deceased 62-year-old male. An autopsy has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

In addition, five residents of the home were taken to local hospitals for injuries related to the fire. In all, eight residents were displaced by the fire.

“Multiple people, multiple kids, multiple families. I mean it’s just tragic what happened,” said Bloomington man Trevor Kelly.

Bloomington resident Trevor Kelly was inside the home when the fire started.

“It was like a movie man, I mean we heard this big boom and then ran downstairs thinking someone was hitting the door,” Kelly said.

Kelly said it was a normal night of playing video games, but it could have been a whole lot worse for he and his family.

“I had seen a cloud full of smoke coming up, it turned pitch black. We made sure to get all the kids out; me and my family, we fought for our lives and I’m most grateful for is we got both of my baby nephews out of there,” Kelly said.

The last apparatus left the scene at 12:30, meaning crews were on scene for a total of 13 hours and 22 minutes. Approximately 27 personnel were working the fire.

“It looked like it was going to burn all night; I was up until about 1:30 and you could tell they were having an issue with trying to get it out, not that they weren’t trying, it was just the whole roof was engulfed and you can look at how bad it is,” said neighbor Dennis Pulliam.

Pulliam lives three houses down and saw the whole thing from his yard.

“They were in there knocking down the ceiling and the walls and they were trying to spray it,” Pulliam said.

The building has been deemed a total loss, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No damage estimate has been made at this time.

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