The 3949 Lindell Apartments had housed about 250 professionals and SLU graduate students when it burned. It had taken more than 160 of firefighters from the city and county to put it out.
After seven months, the first phase of the rebuilding is complete. Units in back part of the complex are now ready for renters.
Construction on the front half of the complex, where the fire started, should be finished by August.
The cause of the blaze has never been determined.
The 3949 apartment building has set up a Facebook page to keep the community updated on the status of the building.
CARTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - More than a dozen fire crews from across southern Illinois joined Carterville firefighters in battling a massive fire that destroyed a business that had served the city for more than 40 years.
WSIU Radio reports that the fire broke out Monday evening and destroyed Corbell Telephone and Electronics. There's no word yet on what caused the blaze. No injuries were reported.
Residents gathered near Carterville's historic downtown for several hours, watching as the fire burned through one building and threatened others.
Mayor Bill Mausey says older buildings make these fires harder to fight because the timbers provide kindling for the blaze.
The mayor says the fire is unfortunate but he's confident the community will recover and the city will do what it can to help.