Dozens displaced by Princeton apartment fire

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PRINCETON, ILLINOIS — A massive apartment building fire forced more than 30 people from their homes in Princeton, Illinois.

The fire broke out in the 12-unit building in the 900 block of West Longhaven Road on Friday, July 6, 2012. Eleven of the apartments were rented on the day of the fire. 

Our news partners at the Bureau County Republican reported fire and heavy smoke were visible from the second floor of the building when firefighters arrived just before 6 p.m.  Firefighters from ten fire departments helped battle the blaze. 

There were no reports of any injuries to residents or firefighters.

The Red Cross responded and helped to set up a shelter at Metro Center.

Damage was estimated between $150,000 and $175,000 to the structure.  The most severe damage was to the roof and third floor. 

Interim Princeton Fire Chief Chuck Woolley said he expected investigators to declare the cause of the fire “undetermined.” 

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