BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — The Bloomington Firefighters Union posted on Facebook Wednesday morning that they had dispatched at least nine emergency vehicles to a structure fire at Market and Lee streets. This was later confirmed in the Fire Department’s press release.
Arriving units reported to an active fire on the third floor of the building just after 6:30 a.m. after a neighbor called it in. Smoke and fire were visible upon arrival to the three-story brick apartment building.
It was determined upon entry that the building was vacant and seemingly under construction.
After crews had entered the building, they were alerted to a partial roof collapse. Navigation inside the building was impaired by smoke, decreased visibility, and high heat.
Shortly before 7 a.m., Bloomington Firefighters Union updated their Facebook post to reflect that units were pulling out to initiate a defensive operation.
The building sustained severe damage. Nearby buildings were exposed but protected from serious damage by responders.
Per Bloomington Fire Department’s statement, Market St. will remain closed to the East of Lee St. for an extended amount of time. They are asking drivers to avoid the area as crews are still on the scene.
The cause of the fire as well as damage estimates are still undetermined. No injuries were reported.
One family was displaced temporarily from their home adjacent to the fire. The Red Cross is currently assisting 1 adult and 2 children at this time.
This story will be updated.