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36 displaced, 8 injured in Aurora building fire


Updated: June 13, 2013 7:01PM

A fire at an Aurora Housing Authority complex sent eight residents to area hospitals with minor injuries and displaced a total of 36 residents on Thursday, according to the city of Aurora.

According to city spokesman Dan Ferrelli, the call for a fire at Maple Terrace, an AHA building in the 900 block of Second Avenue, came into the Aurora Fire Department at 10:57 a.m. Thursday.

The fire began in a second-floor apartment, and was confined to that single apartment, Ferrelli said. However, water and smoke caused damage to all four floors of the building.

Eight people were taken to area hospitals, both Presence Mercy Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center, all with non-life threatening injuries, Ferrelli said.

Meanwhile, all four floors of the building have been deemed temporarily uninhabitable.

The third and fourth floors of the building will likely be uninhabitable for just a few days because of smoke damage.

The first and second floors will be uninhabitable for a longer period of time — the first floor sustained mostly water damage, and the second floor was damaged by both smoke and water, Ferrelli said.

Thirty-six people have been displaced as a result of the fire, and the Red Cross has stepped in to assist the displaced residents.

The Aurora Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire, which has not yet been established, but did not appear suspicious, Ferrelli said.

Damage to the building is estimated at $100,000, Ferrelli said.

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