Fatalities reported after overnight apartment fire in Sterling, Ill.

Multiple injuries and fatalities are being reported following an overnight apartment fire in Sterling, Illinois Sunday into Monday.

According to the Sterling Fire Chief Gary Cook, the fire started at the Western Apartments on 4th Street. Crews were dispatched overnight for multiple people trapped inside a burning building. Police were the first to arrive on the scene. TV6 reports that an officer rescued at least one person from that building.

Multiple people were injured, including at least one firefighter, but the extent of their injuries is not known at this time. Chief Cook says there were multiple fatalities. No further information has been released on how many people and their identities.

Fire crews and the State Fire Marshall remain on the scene Monday afternoon to investigate and monitor hot spots. Crews say the building is not safe to be inside.

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