Don’t miss these top stories at BND.com Friday:
▪ Rescue workers said it was extremely fortunate that all 21 people in a Fairview Heights apartment building when it caught fire Thursday afternoon were able to escape with their lives.
▪ A 19-year-old Shiloh man David E. Fields, has been sent to prison for six years after battering a pregnant 17-year old student in 2014 at Belleville East High School.
▪ A Cahokia man lost his home since 1968 and his dog in an intense fire. Joe Barnhart said he came home from work Wednesday to find his house ablaze.