RANTOUL — Three people were taken to the hospital for observation and residents of at least seven apartments were displaced from their homes following a Saturday morning fire in Rantoul.
Rantoul firefighters were sent to a call of a fire in the bedroom of 1513-A Apartment 5, Hobson Drive, at 11:27 a.m.
Fire Chief Ken Waters said heavy smoke was showing from the northwest end of the building, and there were flames inside the bedroom when firefighters arrived.
A resident of a neighboring apartment was preparing to jump from a second-floor window due to heavy smoke in the halls. He could not escape down the stairs. Firefighters put a ladder up to the second floor and helped him down.
Waters said the residents of the apartment on fire, a 30-year-old woman and her two children, ages 2 and 3, were transported to the hospital to be checked. Their conditions were not available.
Due to smoke, heat and water damage to the hallways and some apartments, residents of at least seven apartments were displaced. They were being helped by the American Red Cross.
Firefighters from Thomasboro and Ludlow also helped, each sending a crew of four and an engine. Eighteen Rantoul firefighters responded.
Waters estimated the damage at $50,000.
He said investigators were still looking at the fire scene Saturday evening and had not determined what caused the fire.