Several departments battle blaze at Cahokia apartment complex

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CAHOKIA, IL (KPLR)-Four families are without a home after a three-alarm fire races through an apartment building in Cahokia. The eight-unit building is located in the 300 block of Cooper, not far from the intersection of Range Lane and Camp Jackson Road. It was completely destroyed.

The fire was reported around 1:00pm. When firefighters arrived they found themselves with the big problem: no fire hydrants. When construction began on the Camp Jackson road overpass on Highway 157 they removed the hydrant. Firefighters tried tapping into a hydrant about a block away.

Several other buildings in the area were threatened by the blaze, at least one suffering some damage.

"A total of 5 tankers were used. The units did have smoke alarms but no sprinklers because they were built about 20 years ago before building codes mandated sprinklers. The other buildings are still habitable one was slightly damaged and the siding was melted," said Chief Robbins. "The resident who lives in the apartment where the fire started said he was cooking something at the time. He suffered some minor burns to his hands and was treated by EMS at the scene of one firefighter was treated for smoking elation it is said to be OK tonight."