Fire causes $10,000 damage to apartment building

CHAMPAIGN — Fire caused $10,000 damage but no injuries early Thursday morning at an apartment building near the University of Illinois campus.

Firefighters were called to 108 E. John St. at 2:56 a.m. Thursday, and found smoke coming from the southeast corner of the building. They found fire in a small one-story addition there.

The fire was extinguished quickly and firefighters searched the building and ventilated the smoke. The 10 occupants of the building then were allowed back inside.

Damage to the building, which is owned by Professional Property Management, was estimated at $10,000.

The cause was listed as incendiary.

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Ellen wrote on October 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Incendiary?? What kind of incediary? Was this arson or were there poorly stored flammables?  Wouldn't this constitute charges of some sort if it was not the latter? There were, after all, 10 people in the building. The article seems a little blase' or incomplete. Or maybe I just watch too many crime dramas :)~