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Firefighter injured as residents flee Janesville fire

Residents of a Janesville apartment building safely escaped a fire Monday afternoon, but one firefighter was injured, the Janesville Fire Department said.

Police Chief Ryan Murphy said in a statement that the firefighters’ injuries were not life-threatening.






Residents of the Surrey Ridge Apartments in Janesville escaped safely from a fire Monday afternoon, but one firefighter was injured, the Janesville Fire Department said.


DAVID J, SHEEN, JANESVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT


On Monday, at about 1:45 p.m., multiple people reported a roof fire at the Surrey Ridge Apartments at 2600 E. Racine St. Firefighters arrived to find flames and smoke coming from the entire attic, Murphy said.

Firefighters confirmed that all occupants of the 23 apartments had been evacuated as they began to extinguish the blaze. The fire quickly spread to the entire roof, forcing firefighters to exit the building and use main air jets to extinguish the blaze, Murphy said.

The Red Cross is helping displaced residents and the cause is currently being investigated, Murphy said.

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Damage was estimated at $1,888,065, Murphy said, including $1,498,980 in property damage and $389,085 in property damage.






Residents of the Surrey Ridge Apartments in Janesville escaped safely from a fire Monday afternoon, but one firefighter was injured, the Janesville Fire Department said.


DAVID J, SHEEN, JANESVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT


Fire departments from Janesville, Beloit, Beloit City, Lakeside, Clinton, Footville, Orfordville, Evansville, Turtle City and Fort Atkinson responded, Murphy said, with 58 firefighters responding.