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updated: 8/3/2014 2:12 PM

Fire displaces Elgin apartment residents

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Some residents of an apartment on the 1100 block of Birch Drive were displaced Saturday evening after a fire caused by an overloaded electrical outlet, Elgin fire officials said.

Elgin firefighters responded to the report of an apartment fire at 10:53 p.m.

The first companies arrived within four minutes after dispatch and found a three-story, six-unit apartment building engulfed by smoke throughout the common areas. Firefighters said the fire was seen coming from a first-floor apartment.

A small fire was found in a back bedroom and was quickly extinguished.

The building was fully occupied, but only the residents of affected apartment were displaced for the evening.

Fire officials said a representative of the landlord was notified and would be out Sunday to see the building.

City code enforcement was notified for follow-up, and the building property was secured by a board-up company.

Fire loss was estimated at approximately $5,000.

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