Naperville Firefighters Battle Apartment Fire in 1300 Block of Modaff Road

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — At 1:32 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call from a citizen stating there was black smoke coming from a second floor unit of a three story apartment building. Shortly after receiving the 911 call PSAP received an activated fire alarm from the same address. A general alarm assignment was immediately dispatched bringing 3 engine companies, 2 truck companies, 1 squad company, 2 ambulances, and 2 incident commanders, and 1 rescue vehicle to the scene. The assignment brought a total of 26 personnel to the incident.

Naperville Squad 8 was first on the scene, within four minutes, reporting nothing showing from two sides of the multi family residence. Occupants had begun evacuating the building prior to the arrival of fire department personnel, which was confirmed by the first engine company that arrived on scene. Companies entered the building to investigate and found heavy smoke coming from behind the door of a second floor unit. Companies initiated an aggressive coordinated fire attack and extinguished the fire within minutes. Areas with active burning were uncovered and extinguished. Crews continued to perform salvage and overhaul operations for another thirty minutes after the main fire was extinguished. One occupant was displaced as a result of damage that occurred to the apartment. The occupant was not home at the time of the fire. The American Red Cross was called to provide assistance to the affected citizen. There were no injuries to any residents or firefighters operating at the scene.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and the result of a stovetop appliance left unattended. The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Naperville Police Department, Naperville Transportation, Engineering, & Development Department (T.E.D.), and the American Red Cross. The Warrenville Fire Protection District provided station coverage during this incident.

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