Champaign apartment fire under investigation

CHAMPAIGN — Residents of a three-story apartment building in north Champaign were evacuated after a fire in an apartment Saturday night.

Champaign firefighters were called to 302 E. Park St. about three blocks north of University Avenue at 9:50 p.m.

There were several reports of flames and smoke coming from a third-floor apartment. Firefighters had the fire knocked down within minutes.

A Mass Transit District bus was called for the displaced residents to sit in while firefighters investigated.

There were no reports of any injuries. An investigator was being summoned.

The Champaign County assessor's website lists the owner of the property as Urban Park Place LLC.

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savinglives wrote on February 02, 2014 at 8:02 am

Nearly half the residents of Champaign live in rental properties but Champaign has no Rental property preventative inspection program to protect its residents.  Why is that?  Urbana, Rantoul, Bloomington, Normal, Danville, Carbonadale, and many other Illinois cities have these programs in place to protect their tenants better than Champaign.  Almost every BIG TEN school city have preventative rental inspection programs for code violations except Champaign!  The only way an inspection ever takes place in Champaign if a tenant calls Neighborhood services with a complaint.  With nearly 18,000 apartment units in Champaign, only 135 units were inspected last year!! This number does not include certified housing on campus which is inspected annually but many violations were found in those buildings too.  How is this protecting half of your citizens and thousands of University students from unsafe apartments?  Would a building and fire code inspection made any difference in this fire or many other apartment fires in Champaign?  Maybe, maybe not?  But I think it is time for the Champaign City council to live up to one their goals and to keep ALL RESIDENTS OF THIS COMMUNITY SAFE and protect their rights!  A preventative rental property inspection program  should be investigated and implemented in Champaign. And a landlord/tenant ordinance will not only make this community safer but also to give tenants more rights, because right now landlords have an unfair advantage over tenants!