50 residents evacuated after smoke fills Collinsville senior living building

Illinois

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – Smoke in a senior living apartment complex in Collinsville, Illinois forced about 50 residents out into the cold early Wednesday morning.

Residents of Woodland Towers on Pine Lake Road called 9-1-1 to report the smoke in the building around 1:30 a.m. Everyone escaped unharmed, but they had to shelter in their cars or another building in order to keep out of the cold.

Firefighters determined the cause to be a burnt wire in the building’s h-vac system. Residents were allowed back into the building about an hour later.

FOX 2’s Nissan Rogue Runner reporter Jason Maxwell was at the scene.

FOX 2 will continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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