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Aurora hotel fire victims in critical condition

Updated: January 11, 2014 12:54PM

Two men were airlifted in critical condition Friday evening after being injured in an Aurora hotel fire.

Firefighters responded to a six-room motel in the 1000 block of East Benton Street at around 7:30 p.m. Friday after receiving reports of heavy smoke and fire in a first-floor room.

Two men were rescued from the burning room, and were taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora suffering from smoke inhalation, according to department spokesman Lt. Craig Mateski. The victims were then airlifted to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, where they have been listed in critical condition.

A hotel guest in an upper level room reported the fire, Mateski said. The fire was contained to the first-floor room, and caused approximately $50,000 in damage.

The fire appears to have been started in a unit wall heater, Mateski said. Smoke detectors were present in the room, but were not working. A smoke detector located in the hall outside of the unit was working, Mateski said. The fire was investigated by the Aurora Fire Department Arson Team.

Six of the hotel guests were found rooms in a nearby hotel. All other occupants declined help.

No firefighters were injured in the blaze, which was fought by seven fire companies.

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