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UPDATE: Cause determined in Evansville apartment fire

This morning the Evansville Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at 4985 E. Sycamore Street on Evansville's eastside.

The apartment is 1 of 4 units contained within the building. The fire damage was contained to one apartment while the apartment below had very minor water damage.

The other 2 apartments in the structure had very little, if any, damage. The first fire units on scene arrived quickly and contained the fire to the utility closet.

Fire Investigator Jennifer Hunt determined the fire cause to be accidental due to combustible materials being too close to the burner area of the furnace.

District Chief Greg Main called for a 2nd Alarm because it was an apartment complex. As soon as the fire was reported extinguished, the extra personnel and equipment were returned to their stations.

The couple who lived in the apartment was home at the time of the fire and got out without injury. Fairmont Apartments has offered the couple another apartment until the damage can be repaired.

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