The Champaign Fire Department responded to a working fire at 2008 N Mattis Avenue, Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 1:56 a.m. Upon arrival on the scene, fire crews reported fire coming from a third-floor window of a three-story apartment building. Suppression efforts began immediately.
Firefighters entered the apartment building and found a fire primarily contained to the kitchen of a third-floor apartment. Fire crews encountered moderate heat and heavy smoke within the apartment. Companies believed the fire was out and cleared at 3:56 a.m.
Firefighters returned to 2008 N Mattis Avenue at 6:06 a.m. after smoke was reported coming from the apartment building by an occupant. Fire crews found the fire had extended into the attic of the building. Companies performed extensive salvage and overhaul and had the fire out at 7:16 a.m.
The occupants from six of the units within the apartment building were displaced because of this fire. The Emergency Services Support Team and the Red Cross were on scene early this morning helping those affected by the fire. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported.
The total damage estimate is $125,000 to the structure and contents. The cause of the fire was accidental, and attributed to cooking.
The Champaign Fire Department reminds all citizens to maintain a working smoke alarm in their place of residence and to have and practice a home escape plan. Smoke alarms can provide early notification when seconds count.
Media Contact: Randy Smith, Deputy Fire Marshal
Phone: (217) 403-7212 | Cell: (217) 840-9434