ROCHELLE — A Christmas day fire in Rochelle left nearly 10 people displaced by the time firefighters cleared the scene.
No one suffered any injuries in the fire located at 128 North Main Street – a building known as the De Los and Ogle Hotel and Apartments.
Flames were noticed at approximately 2 p.m. when firefighters were called to the scene. Upon arrival, heavy smoke was evident from the second floor and attic area on the south side of the building.
The fire was located between the walls and in the ceiling area. Crews worked to remove siding to extinguish the flames before the fire was able to spread to the attic area of the building.
The exact cause is yet to be determined; however, it could be electrical or an overheated heating system.
Two apartments located in the building suffered fire and water damage.
Departments responding to the scene included Rochelle, Steward, Flagg Center, Hillcrest, Creston, DeKalb, Stillman Valley, Lynn-Scott-Rock, Malta and Ashton.
The Red Cross was called to assist residents displaced by the fire.