Firefighters Battle Two Fires in Naperville Sunday Evening
Structure Fire 200 Block of West Benton Street & Appliance Fire 700 Block of Greenwood Circle
At 5:28 PM on Sunday, May 20, 2018 Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call from a resident stating there was a fire in the second-floor balcony of her residence. PSAP immediately dispatched a general alarm assignment bringing 3 engine companies, 2 truck companies, 1 squad company, 2 ambulances, and 2 incident commanders to the scene. The assignment brought a total of 26 personnel to the incident.
Medic Company 7 was first on the scene, within five minutes, reporting smoke coming from the second-floor balcony of a coach house attached to a single family residence. Companies immediately began operations to attempt to locate the origin of fire and noted fire in the second-floor living area above the coach house and the attic space.
One occupant had evacuated the residence prior to the arrival of fire department personnel which was confirmed by the first unit on scene. However, a second occupant had to be removed with the assistance Naperville Police Officers prior to the arrival of fire department units.
Companies checked for fire extension into all areas of the residence and secured a water supply during their efforts to extinguish the fire. Areas with active burning were extinguished within one hour of arrival on the scene and crews continued to perform salvage and overhaul operations for another hour and thirty minutes. No occupants were displaced as a result of damage that occurred to the coach house since the main dwelling was considered habitable. The American Red Cross arrived on scene and provided assistance to the affected family.
Both occupants and four police officers were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene and released without requiring transport to a hospital. There were no injuries to any firefighters operating at the scene.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Initial findings by on scene personnel have determined that the fire originated on the exterior of the second-floor balcony of the coach house attached to the main residence.
The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District, Naperville Police Department, Naperville Electric Department, NICOR, Naperville Emergency Management Agency (NEMA.), Naperville Transportation, Engineering, & Development Department (T.E.D.), and the American Red Cross.
The Warrenville, Darien-Woodridge, Bolingbrook, Wheaton, & Plainfield Fire agencies provided station coverage during this incident. While providing station coverage, the above listed agencies responded to an appliance fire at a large multiple unit apartment building in the city’s northwest side. Responding companies quickly extinguished the burning appliance which resulted in minimal water and fire damage. The unit remained habitable and the complex maintenance staff handled any necessary clean up.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.