The fire damaged or destroyed 12 apartments at the complex located at 606 S. Linden St.
A full damage estimate is still not available as insurance adjusters are working with the building owners to determine that.
The Normal Fire Department was called to the complex at 1:24 p.m. Saturday. Fire was reported on the top floor of the three-story building, said Swaney.
First arriving units reported heavy fire coming from the roof of the structure and immediately called for more resources. A second alarm was struck, which called in off-duty Normal firefighters, and Bloomington Fire Department sent an engine company, two aerial ladder trucks and a warming/rehabilitation unit.
This story will be updated.
Normal and Bloomington fire department fight fire at Sugar Creek Apartments
Photos: Normal and Bloomington fire departments fight fire at Linden Street apartments
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Investigators are still searching for a cause to Saturday’s morning train derailment in uptown Normal, which damaged at least 16 cargo cars on a Union Pacific train. Cleanup and repair on the track will continue this week, but one of the two lines is now open and trains have been moving through town.
The fire destroyed or heavily damaged 12 apartments during a busy weekend for firefighters in which they also handled a massive train derailment in uptown Normal, and handled a Sunday morning fire related to that.
Some residents in Normal have noticed a strange coloring in the water of Sugar Creek, but officials say there is no risk. "The material has been identified as non-toxic water-soluble paint that was in one of the (train) trailers that was involved in the fire,” officials said.
Normal Fire Department spokesman Matt Swaney said the origin and cause of the fire are not yet known. Once firefighters can knock out "hot spots" inside the building, the investigation work will begin, he said.