Sauk Valley

Thirteen displaced by fire in Fulton

Thirteen people were displaced by an early morning fire at a three-story apartment building while a firefighter and police officer received non-life threatening injuries during the response on Friday, Oct. 29.

Fulton Deputy Chief Ted James said the call came in at 12:04 a.m. with reports of heavy fire coming out of the windows in the northeast part of the building at 409 9th Ave. When crews first arrived, fire and heavy smoke was “venting out” with reports of people still inside. First responders on the scene knocked on doors and helped everyone get out – at first there were five residents unaccounted for, but soon all had escaped.

The Red Cross also responded to assist the residents, since most of them needed a place to stay.

James said the building is uninhabitable due to extensive smoke and water damage.

The two officers injured at the scene were transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation but were soon released after their exams and are doing fine.

According to property records, the building has 14 apartment units. It remains boarded up, with a dumpster and trailer seen in the parking lot over the weekend.