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Building, truck fires in Antioch; one injured

Updated: November 24, 2012 6:17AM

An apartment fire and a truck fire where the occupant was seriously burned kept the Antioch Fire Department busy this weekend.

On Friday night just before 10 p.m., a fire was reported in a wall at an 8-unit apartment building at 431 Filweber Court near downtown. Firefighters tore into the wall and put out the fire in about 15 minutes. Occupants in two of the units were displaced by the fire. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire because it looks like it started on a window sill, but there was no candle or obvious source of heat.

On Saturday at 11:21 a.m., firefighters were called to 25211 Clarendon Ave. in unincorporated Antioch Township for a truck on fire. As firefighters began putting water on the truck, they saw someone laying across the front seat of the vehicle.

“He was barely breathing and severely burned,” said Fire Chief John Nixon. The victim had third-degree burns on 50 percent of his body and was taken by Flight for Life to Loyola University Hospital, Chicago, for treatment.

No cause was determined and th. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. A spokesman said the preliminary investigation indicates it may have been accidental.

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