Downtown Westville apartment fire under investigation
Multiple fire crews spent Monday battling an apartment fire in downtown Westville at 139 ½ State Street. While Westville's fire chief, Gary Wright said crews are still investigating what caused the fire, he is calling it accidental.
"This is the biggest one we've had in a while,” Wright said. “This is the biggest downtown fire we've had in years that I can remember.”
The fire happened at a two-story apartment where only two people lived and no one was hurt.
"It started on the top floor of that building,” Wright said.
Crews were called to the scene just after 12:40pm.
"They're okay and they're going to have some water and smoke damage, but the fire did not leave the building that it started in,” Wright said.
Crews from Champaign County, Vermilion County and Indiana were on scene helping put out the flames. Another fire agency was in accident while on the way to the scene. The accident involved a vehicle and fire truck carrying Kickapoo firefighters. Wright said at least two injured with non-life threatening injuries. It happened near Illinois 1 near Ross Lane while the crew was on the way to the fire.
Wright said crews were able to put out the fire at around 4.
"This is the biggest one we've had in several years, but it's not uncommon we've had bigger fires,” Wright said.