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8 rescued from balcony, fire rips through Janesville apartment building

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JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - Eight people were rescued from balconies overnight, while their apartment building was on fire in Janesville.

At last word, seven people were taken to a Janesville hospital with smoke inhalation.

Most were expected to be released after immediate treatment.

Fire-fighters were called just after 2:20 this morning.

When they arrived, heavy smoke was coming from one of the apartments – people were trapped on a pair of balconies on the second floor.

Officers had to carry youngsters to warmer surroundings, after they were barefoot in the cold with only their pajamas on.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials said it started in the basement.

A broken water line slowed the spread of the flames.

At last word, the local Red Cross was assisting 11 adults and five kids who were members of six families.

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