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No injuries after Harvard apartment fire

HARVARD – An apartment fire on Monday evening in Harvard left seven people displaced, fire officials said.

Harvard police spotted smoke coming from the second floor of 706 N. Division St. about 7 p.m. Monday and called it in, Harvard Fire Protection District Chief Steve Harter said.

The house is divided into two apartments, one on the ground floor and another on the second. The family of four that live in the downstairs apartment were home but were not injured, Harter said. The upstairs residents were not home.

The fire was contained to the upstairs, Harter said. Firefighters had it under control in 5 minutes.

Damage is estimated at $50,000, he said. While most of the fire and water damage was contained to the upstairs, there was smoke damage throughout the building.

The cause of the fire still is being investigated, Harter said.

Firefighters from the Woodstock, Marengo, Hebron and Sharon, Wis., fire departments assisted.

– Emily K. Coleman

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