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20 homeless after LaSalle apartment building fire

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WATCH ABOVE: Fire crews battled a major fire at an apartment building in Lasalle early Friday morning, leaving five families homeless and one resident unaccounted for. Kelly Greig reports – Dec 23, 2016

Fire crews battled a major fire at an apartment building in LaSalle early Friday morning, leaving five families homeless.

One resident who was unaccounted for in the early hours of the morning, was eventually located safe and sound.

At least 80 firefighters were called to the scene on Airlie Street shortly before 3 a.m. ET.

As of 6 a.m. the fire was under control but not yet extinguished.

Firefighters believe the blaze started on the third floor of the three-storey building and quickly spread to the roof.

The 24-unit apartment building was under renovation at the time and only five of the apartments were occupied.

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No one was injured in the blaze but officials said the building is a complete loss and approximately 20 people are homeless.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Airlie Street was closed for several hours, between avenues 80 and 90, to allow crews to work unhampered.

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