One person was hospitalized after a second apartment building fire broke out in Waukegan Tuesday morning and displaced multiple residents, fire officials said.
The Waukegan Fire Department and Waukegan Police Department responded around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday to the 2000 block of North Butrick Street in Waukegan for a report of a structure fire.
A large column of smoke was seen in the distance coming from the building.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames showing from a second-floor window.
Waukegan Fire Marshal Todd Zupec said firefighters were able to extinguish the fire.
Crews were able to contain most of the fire to the second-floor unit.
Some fire damage occurred to the unit directly above and the unit directly below sustained water damage, Zupec said.
One person was transported from the scene to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Residents in three apartment units were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
“Another great stop despite the frigid temperatures by the Firefighters of the Waukegan Fire Department,” Zupec said.
The Waukegan Fire Department responded just hours prior, around 1:30 a.m., to a structure fire at Little Fort Apartments, 520 North Genesee Street.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames and smoke showing from the top floor of the building.
The residents of the building, which has approximately 100 units, were evacuated.
Nearly a dozen fire departments responded to the scene.
Paramedics transported three injured people to the hospital, fire officials said.
Several of the units were damaged by the fire, smoke and water.
The causes of both fires remain under investigation.
The Waukegan Fire Department said they urge residents to check their smoke alarms monthly to ensure home safety.