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Quincy apartment building heavily damaged by early morning fire

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Investigators are still looking for the cause of a early morning apartment fire that left five people homeless Wednesday.

According to Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning, crews were called to 519 Payson shortly after 1:30 a.m. Five people were in three different apartments at the time but all escaped safely before crews arrived on scene.

"This was an older structure that had been converted into apartments," Henning said. "There were two apartments downstairs and the attic space was made into a third apartment on the second level."

Henning says crews were on scene for more than two hours trying to locate the fire, which was narrowed down to a storage space on the second floor.

"There was a lot of hidden spaces, crevices and stuff like that to try and get to the fire," Henning said.

As firefighters tried pin-pointing the exact location of the fire, Henning says the building's roof became an issue.

"The roof had an older roof with a metal roof on top of it," Henning said. "If a fire does attempt to breach the roof it gets into those old cedar shakes and things like that, and it'll just smolder underneath that roofing material."

The fire caused extensive damage to the second floor of the building along with water damage to the first floor.

Henning says the occupant did not have a working smoke detector.

The cause is undetermined at this point, but Henning says nothing is suspicious. He says the Quincy Police Department was planning to conduct several interviews Wednesday.
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