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Fire strikes downtown Plano apartment building

Two families lost their homes and a restaurant suffered damage in a fire in downtown Plano that firefighters fought Sunday afternoon.

Little Rock-Fox Fire Chief Greg Witek said Monday that two second-floor apartments in the building at 1 E. Main St. were completely destroyed, and damage spread to Ivana’s restaurant on the first floor. The restaurant is closed temporarily, Witek said.

Witek said the American Red Cross has been in contact with the two families and will provide them with 72 hours of emergency shelter. Witek, who is also the chairman of the board at the Kendall County Community Food Pantry, said he would be reaching out to the families to see if they had relatives in the area.

“If not, we’re going to definitely hook them up with whatever they need over at the food pantry to get them by,” he said.

Witek said the fire is still under investigation, but it was not of suspicious origin. Damage to the building is estimated at more than $100,000, Witek said.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading into adjacent structures, according to the fire department. Seven surrounding fire departments assisted on the scene, Witek said.

“It was a real win for the fire district, because we did contain it to the building of origin,” he said. “There are a bunch of different ways that thing can spring. One of the very first things was, we made sure everyone was out and accounted for. Then we went to work to make sure it doesn’t spread.”

Three firefighters were injured and transported to surrounding hospitals and were later released with minor injuries, according to the fire department. No other injuries were reported, the fire department stated.

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