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Man Burned In Ottawa Fire

Posted by wlpo on November 10, 2009

55 year old Kevin Fribbs is in serious but stable condition at Loyola Medical Center burn unit after being rescued from his apartment around 1:30 Sunday morning.  He suffered burns on around 30 percent of his body during a fire. 

The fire happened at a two-story home on the south side of Ottawa just south of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge on State Street.  The house on was divided into four different apartments.  Everyone else got out okay. 

Ottawa Fire Chief Jim Duback says two seventeen year olds who were driving by noticed the fire and rushed in to try and help.  They were taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.  Both were treated and released.    

Duback says the fire looks to have started in Fribbs second-floor apartment.  The cause is still under investigation although Duback doesn’t think arson is a possible cause. .

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