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Blaze rips through Mount Sterling apartment

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MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (WGEM) -

Two tenants are without a home after fire gutted their apartment Tuesday night in Mount Sterling.

Fire Chief Brian Gallaher says his department responded to the blaze at 5:57 p.m. at 308 N. Capital St. The former nursing home now houses three apartments and Gallaher says flames were visible when crews arrived.

One person was in the apartment but escaped without injuries. Another tenant was in one of the other apartments and also made it out of their home without getting injured.

Gallaher says the apartment that caught fire is a total loss and will likely be gutted. The other two apartments sustained smoke damage.

Gallaher added that the building, as whole, appears to be fine structurally.

The exact cause of the fire is still undetermined, but Gallaher says it does appear to be accidental. The Illinois State Fire Marshall's office was on the scene Wednesday morning to investigate.

The American Red Cross is assisting the two tenants that lived in the apartment that went up in flames. Arrangements were made to house them in a local hotel Tuesday night. 

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