UPDATE: (January 25, 2023 – 4:05 p.m.)

The Moline Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 10:12 a.m. for a structure fire at the Timber Knoll Apartments. First responders discovered several victims standing on their balconies, yelling for help, while heavy, dense, black smoke were coming from the entire second floor and roof. Property personnel and workers from Asplundh Tree Service were using ladders to get victims from the balconies. Moline Fire assisted while making an offensive attack on the fire.

Fire companies discovered the inside staircase had been burned, and its integrity was compromised. Occupants were assisted out of the building by fire department personnel and passersby. Several occupants were treated at the scene by Paramedics, and two were treated and transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Agencies assisting the Moline Fire Department included the Moline Police Department, East Moline Fire Department, Rock Island Fire Department, Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department, Bettendorf Fire Department, the Moline Second Alarmers, Genesis Ambulance, Coal Valley Fire Ambulance, Red Cross, Metrolink Transit and Mid-American Energy.

An ongoing investigation is being conducted collaboratively by the Moline Fire Bureau of Investigations and Moline Police Department CSI.


Emergency crews responded Wednesday morning, Jan. 25, to a fire at Timber Knoll Apartments in Moline.

Moline Fire Department crews battled a fire in the 3700 block of 53rd Street on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 (photo by Dave Logan).

The complex is located in the 3700 block of 53rd Street. The Moline Fire Department and others are at the scene.

The Moline Police Department posted on social media that 53rd Street between 38th Avenue and 36th Avenue has been closed.

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