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Apartment fire in Roscoe injures residents and firefighters

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Sunday, June 23, 2013, 3:18 p.m.

A fire at a Washington County apartment building injured four residents and three firefighters, a fire official said Sunday.

The fire on Furlong Avenue in Roscoe began about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, said Todd Mauk, chief of Roscoe Volunteer Fire Company. Heavy smoke and the lack of exterior access to the basement hindered firefighters' efforts to put out the flames in the three-story building, he said.

“The biggest challenge was just finding it,” Mauk said.

Two firefighters were released from a hospital, but one is being kept for observation, he said.

“It was all heat-related,” Mauk said of their injuries.

No information was available on the status of the four residents who were taken to the hospital. The fire displaced about 30 residents, Mauk said. Many weren't home because they are college students, he said.

The American Red Cross is providing food and clothing to 11 adults and one child and shelter to seven of the adults, said spokeswoman Lauren Ashley.

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