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Dozens displaced after fire damages apartment complex in Justice

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JUSTICE, Ill. -- Dozens of people have been displaced after fire spread through an apartment complex in the southwest suburbs.

The fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in a 36-unit apartment complex located at 8701 W. 85th Place in Justice.  It took firefighters several hours to put the fire out.

Fire crews rescued at least a dozen residents from the building that is now severely damaged.  The Red Cross is helping people for the time being with food and shelter, but many will need a long-term solution.

Firefighters from Chicago assisted local crews. So much water was used to battle the fire that the water pressure in the town was impacted.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries, but is already at home recovering.

No serious injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but witnesses believe it started somewhere on the third floor and then spread quickly.

Some code enforcement officers who were on the scene Monday morning told WGN that at least one of the sections of the building will need to come down.

It's unclear when people may be able to get into apartments that just had smoke and water damage.


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