Man killed in apartment fire

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) -- One man is dead after an apartment fire.

It happened at the Concord Highrise on Center Street Saturday afternoon.

The apartment staff say now they're working on repairing some of the wires and damage.

People who live there say they can't believe this could have happened.

"Basically I was making some ramen noodles on the stove and the smoke alarms to the building started going off."

Jimmy Gorsuch lives on the fifth floor, and says he thought his smoke alarms were just a little sensitive.

"After a while, I noticed it wasn't my smoke alarm."

That's when he went into the hall and grabbed the fire extinguisher, as he and the others on his floor tried to figure out where the smoky smell was coming from.

"There's a lot of old people here in this place, there's tons of old people so I wasn't worried about me I was worried about them. I started feeling on walls and doors because you could smell it from up there, it was going through the vents and stuff."    

"Firefighters say the fire was contained to the room on the first floor, with smoke damage to the floors above it."

Inside the room, they found the body of 54 year-old Lynn Booker. The coroner says he died from smoke inhalation.

The news of Booker's death is tough for those who live at the complex. Most of the residents are disabled or elderly.

"This is a little community here, people cling together, and it was really sad for some of the people here. They're mourning right now."
 


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