A late night fire in a Sturtevant apartment destroyed the unit and displaced two adult brothers, but didn’t result in any injuries to residents or first responders.
South Shore Fire crews were called at 9:48 p.m. to an apartment building in the 3500 block of 93rd Street for a report of a fire. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the second floor of the eight-unit building and began a search for the origin of the smoke.
Initiating an interior attack confined the fire to one unit in the southwest corner of the second
After 20 minutes of fighting the fire, the flames were knocked down, and the fire was declared under control 10 minutes later. The last South Shore truck left the scene at 12:26 a.m.
All residents of the building were outside before SSFD arrived, and firefighters searched for and reunited several cats with their owners.
Only the one unit was destroyed, and Salvo said damage is estimated at about $100,000.
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental; an electrical cord draped over a baseboard heater is where investigators think the fire started.
Officers from Sturtevant and Mount Pleasant assisted with controlling the scene as well as Racine Fire Bells and WE Energies.
The American Red Cross is helping the occupants of the destroyed apartment.