More than 100 people were left without a home after a fire destroyed an apartment building Saturday in far west suburban Sycamore.
Days after a large fire swept through the apartment complex, fire fighters returned to the scene to put out flare ups.
One of the victims affected, Regina Daykin, returned to the now-gutted building on Main Street to look at what used to be her home for six years.
"We walked out with just the clothes on our backs...I mean all of us in the building," Daykin said.
Officials said the fire, which burned for hours, started Saturday evening, possibly on a second-floor balcony.
"All the residents that were able bodied were helping to get the elderly out," recalled Daykin.
More than 20 fire departments were called in to help fight the blaze and at least two firefighters were transported to nearby hospitals to be treated for heat exhausting
In addition, many of whom were left without a home, were being assisted by the Red Cross and other agencies.
"I got out with my Social Security card and a cup that I had in my kitchen," said Rebecca Krotz, but she unfortunately was not able to save her dogs Josie and Ollie.
Moreover, the building's owner, Jim Mason says he is thinking of rebuilding after the incident.
"We all feel bad when something like this happens," he said.
While the cause remains under investigation, it is believed it may have been an accident caused by someone either grilling or smoking.