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Burning mattress sparks Waukegan apartment fire

Updated: April 27, 2013 2:27AM

WAUKEGAN — A 6-year-old child has admitted to playing with matches that started an apartment fire Saturday, Waukegan Fire Department Battalion Chief Dan Wright said.

City fire crews responded to a call for a structure fire about noon Saturday at the Whispering Oaks complex, 2431 Dugdale Road.

A mattress inside a first-floor apartment had caught fire, Wright said. The fire was contained to one apartment.

There was not a lot of fire damage, but the family that resided there was displaced due to smoke, Wright said. There were no injuries.

Investigators determined the 6-year-old child who admitted to playing with matches was the cause of the fire, Wright said.

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