Update at 7 a.m.
In a press release from the Champaign Fire Department, officials said fire crews first responded to the fire at 4:18 a.m. From the reports they heard en route, firefighters upgraded their response to a second alarm.
Once arriving on scene, firefighters saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the 12-unit building. The fire originated on the third floor.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to an adjacent building, but all occupants of the apartment building will be displaced.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and investigators are still on the scene.
Update at 6:15 a.m. — We’ve since learned that the occupants of 10 apartments are displaced by the fire. We’ll have more on this as information becomes available.
Update at 5:40 a.m. — Traffic is back open in both directions on Springfield but crews remain on scene. Drivers are encouraged to slow down in the area and be alert.
Update at 5:35 a.m. — Springfield Avenue is back open for eastbound traffic but westbound traffic remains closed, according to our crew on scene.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – Fire crews rushed to the scene of a structure fire in Champaign early Friday morning.
The call came in before 5:00 a.m. at the Country Brook Apartments near Springfield and Kenwood.
Champaign Fire crews stated that when they arrived, there was heavy fire present on a third floor apartment.
No injuries were reported.
As a result of the fire, Springfield Avenue is closed at Kenwood Road. This is located along Springfield Avenue between Duncan and Mattis near Kaufman Lake. Drivers should seek an alternative route.
Our crew on scene reported firefighters were using ladders to contain the blaze.
This is a developing story. We will have more information as it becomes available.