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Fire damages North Aurora apartments

Firefighters leave scene fire Linn Court North AurorFriday August 17 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

Firefighters leave the scene of a fire on Linn Court in North Aurora on Friday, August 17, 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 20, 2012 10:10AM

NORTH AURORA — There were no injuries in a fire at an apartment building on the east side of North Aurora Friday afternoon.

The fire broke out around 3 p.m. at the building at 214 Linn Court.

North Aurora firefighters said the fire was in two units of the building, and one of the units was left uninhabitable.

Late Friday, officials were still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

“I was outside visiting friends when someone came out and said there was a fire,” Sam Murphy said.

He said the fire quickly got out of control, and he dialed 911.

“You see that stuff in movies, but not in real life,” a flustered Murphy said. “It didn’t take even a minute to spread. It was very scary.”

Children returning home from school got off the West Aurora School District bus to a startling scene. Fire trucks flooded their complex, the smell of smoke drifted in the summer air, and television news choppers hovered above the scene.

“I’m so distraught right now,” said Denise Hill, who lives in the second unit affected by the blaze. “The neighbors came in and told everyone to get out... I work night shift and I haven’t even been to sleep yet.”

North Aurora Fire Capt. Mike Klemencic said that Hill’s unit should be OK, besides some minor damage. But the unit where the fire started won’t be habitable for a while.

“It all depends on how long the rehab takes,” he said.

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