Firefighters Battle Structure Fire in the 600 Block of W. 5th Avenue

At 1:13 PM on Friday afternoon (10/20/2017), Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a fire alarm activation from a business on the 600 block of west 5th Avenue. PSAP immediately dispatched a single engine based on established response procedures. PSAP dispatchers contacted the business to confirm the alarm and were advised that there was fire in a painting area of the repair shop. The response was upgraded to a general alarm assignment bringing 2 additional engine companies, 2 truck companies, 1 squad company, 2 ambulances, 1 alternate response vehicle, and 2 incident commanders to the scene. A total of 25 personnel responded to the incident.

Engine Company 9 was first on the scene, within 4 minutes, reporting heavy smoke coming from the roof and front door of the business unit. Upon further investigation, the initial company officer reported a fire in the duct of the painting booth. The engine officer immediately began an aggressive attack of the fire while a second hose line was deployed into the business. Crews checked for fire extension into adjacent areas, secured a water supply, and searched all interior areas as they worked to extinguish the fire. The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes of arrival on the scene. Crews continued to work on the scene performing salvage and overhaul operations for approximately 90 minutes. Prior to the arrival of fire department units on the scene, employees of the business manually activated the installed fire suppression system which kept the fire from growing larger before fire department units could gain access. The minimal damage caused to the structure and contents are due to the quick notification our PSAP received through the alarm board located in the dispatch center as well as the actions of employees on the scene when they manually activated the installed suppression system.

The cause of the fire was electrical in nature and there were no reported injuries to firefighters or citizens. The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Naperville Police Department. The Warrenville and Wheaton Fire agencies provided station coverage during this incident.

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