5 adults, 13 children displaced after fire, smoke and water damage leaves duplex units unlivable

The Bloomington Fire Department says this could have been a very different outcome if this were to happen in the middle of the night and advised people to close doors at night.
Fire at a duplex in the 1000 block of West Monroe Street in Bloomington.
Fire at a duplex in the 1000 block of West Monroe Street in Bloomington.(Bloomington Fire Department | Submitted Photo)
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 5:35 PM CST
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BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - 2 families have been displaced after fire, smoke and water damage to both sides of a duplex in Bloomington.

The Bloomington Fire Department was dispatched to the 1000 block of West Monroe Street at around 1:03 p.m. for a structure fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they were told by residents stairs were on fire.

The fire was extinguished and contained to the basement.

The first and second floors of one duplex sustained smoke and water damage. The other duplex was damaged by smoke.

Both occupancies are unliveable. No cause has been determined and the fire is under investigation.

2 families consisting of five adults and 13 children are displaced. No one was injured.

One occupant had renters insurance and both units did have working smoke detectors.

The Bloomington Fire Department says this could have been a very different outcome if this were to happen in the middle of the night and advised people to close doors at night.