Firefighters Battle Structure Fire on 800 Block of Pomeroon Ave.
At 1:56 PM on Sunday afternoon (07/17/2016), Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call reporting an odor of smoke within the multi-family apartment complex. PSAP immediately dispatched a full still assignment consisting of 1 engine company, 1 squad company 1 truck company, 1 ambulance, 1 alternate response vehicle, an incident commander and a safety officer to the scene, 14 personnel.
Naperville’s Fire Engine 7 was first on the scene, within 5 minutes, and reported nothing showing from the 20 unit apartment building. Upon entry to the apartment complex the initial fire officer reported an odor of smoke and slight haze within the building but no visible fire. The engine officer immediately began a search for the source of the smoke and began to evacuate residents. Crews identified a small hidden fire between the 2nd and 3rd floor space of two apartments and upgraded the alarm to a general alarm structure fire response. The upgrade added an additional 11 personnel, 2 truck companies, 1 engine company and 1 ambulance to the scene. On scene crews secured a water supply and moved a hose line inside as they continued to search for the origin of the smoke. Once located, the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes. Crews evacuated smoke from the affected apartments and conducted an assessment of all the remaining apartment units. No fire damage was reported to any additional units, however, a gas line between two of the involved units sustained damage and the utilities to the entire building were shut down.
The 2nd floor fire unit sustained damage to the ceiling and the 3rd floor unit sustained damage to the floor. The entire building was deemed uninhabitable by the Transportation Engineering and Development Inspector on the scene. Property Management, with assistance from the American Red Cross, is relocating residents from all 20 units due to utilities being shut off.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Naperville Fire Investigation Team. The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Naperville Police Department, The Naperville Electric Department (NED), NICOR Gas, and a representative from the Transportation Engineering and Development (TED) group. Bolingbrook, Warrenville, Lisle Woodridge and Downers Grove Fire agencies provided station coverage during this incident. There were no reported injuries to firefighters or citizens.
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