No one was injured in what officials are calling a suspicious fire early this morning at an apartment building on the 200 block of Brook Street in Elgin.
Elgin fire officials said the building is habitable, and estimated the damage at between $5,000 and $10,000.
The call came to the fire department by a neighbor just after midnight. Firefighters responded to the fire, which was outside the rear of one of the units.
It was "brought under control within minutes," a fire department news release stated, adding that the fire also had spread to an interior wall. That was put out in about 10 minutes, officials said.
"Initial reports indicate that the fire was suspicious in nature," the release stated, noting that fire investigators were called to the scene, but no cause has been determined.
No functioning smoke or carbon monoxide detectors were located in the apartment affected by the fire, fire officials said.