Fire Marshal investigating fire at housing duplex in Ullin, Ill.

Updated: Mar. 3, 2021 at 4:48 PM CST
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ULLIN, Ill. (KFVS) - A fire broke out early Wednesday morning at a Pulaski County Housing Authority duplex in Ullin, Illinois.

Crews were called to the building located on Foster Street at approximately 4:31 a.m.

When firefighters and deputies arrived, the building was fully engulfed in flames.

Crews have only been able to battle the fire from the outside.

Ullin Fire Chief Kenny Wright said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time and the State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, they received reports that all six of the tenants were evacuated from the burning building.

One of the tenants told a KFVS-12 photojournalist that a 10-year-old boy woke-up and noticed the fire and helped get everyone out of the building to safety.

The building reportedly has two units.

The executive director of the Pulaski County Housing Authority said the American Red Cross took immediate action to help the families.

They will be available to move right into open apartments run by the housing authority.

Resident Yvonne Johnson said once she got out, she worried about her husband’s ashes and family photos still inside.

She said firefighters did manage to grab her husband’s remains, but she lost the precious photos.

She said she’s trying to stay positive and plans to go spend some much-needed time with her mom.

Ullin and Tamms Fire Departments responded to the fire.

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