Southern Illinois University Fire
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A student was injured and nearly 30
others had to be evacuated during a fire at a student housing
complex at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Michael McGehee, 19, of Red Bud, suffered smoke inhalation and
was listed in serious condition Sunday in the burn unit at St.
John's Mercy Medical Center in suburban St. Louis, a hospital
McGehee was one of four residents who were trapped on the second
floor of a two-story apartment building at the Cougar Village
student housing complex, said Edwardsville Fire Chief Mike
Karlechik. He said the fire broke out around 4:40 a.m. Saturday in
the kitchen of a ground-floor apartment and spread to other
apartments on both floors.
"When we arrived, the building was well-involved in smoke and
flames," he said. "We had a report of people trapped on the
second floor and we were able to rescue them."
The fire caused the roof of the building to collapse, Karlechik
said, adding that the first floor remained intact. He said two
firefighters also were injured while battling the blaze. Both were
treated and released from a local hospital, he said.
Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire.
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