Multiple people taken to hospital following fire in Rock Island

Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 3:57 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2021 at 5:09 AM CST
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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) - Three people were taken to the hospital on Monday following a fire at Spencer Towers in Rock Island.

According to the Rock Island Fire Department, a call was received for an automatic alarm just before 3:00 p.m.

Arriving crews were alerted to smoke on the 6th floor and immediately deployed search and rescue crews to locate the fire while searching for victims.

A man was transported to a local hospital by RIFD paramedics in critical condition.

Two other people were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening conditions.

According to the Rock Island Fire Marshal’s Office, the cause of the fire was determined to be accidental in nature caused by improper use of smoking materials accelerated by medical oxygen in use.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross are helping displaced residents. Anyone impacted by this fire and is in need of assistance can call the dispatch line (877) 597-0747.

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