Firefighters Battle Basement Fire on 2200 Block of Salisbury Drive

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - At 10:15 PM on Friday, August 30, 2019 Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call from a resident stating he could see smoke coming from the basement of his residence. The PSAP call taker advised the residents to evacuate the house immediately. A full still assignment was immediately dispatched to the location by PSAP. Truck Company 5 arrived on scene within 3 minutes of receiving the call, and reported smoke coming from the front door of the two-story single-family residence. The first arriving company officer immediately upgraded the assignment to a general alarm. The complete general alarm assignment consisted of three engine companies, two truck companies, one squad company, two ambulances, and two battalion commanders for a total of 24 personnel that responded to the scene of the incident.

Companies initiated an aggressive, coordinated fire attack and extinguished fire in the basement within 10 minutes. Extra time was taken to extinguish areas with smoldering in the basement as well as removal of smoke from all floors of the residence. Crews continued to perform salvage and overhaul operations for another sixty minutes after the main fire was extinguished. No injuries to any residents or firefighters operating at the scene were reported during this incident.

The cause of the fire was accidental from an improperly ventilated electrical charging system and area of origin determined to be in the basement area. The house was deemed habitable for the family after consulting with an inspector from the Naperville Transportation, Engineering, & Development Department (T.E.D.). The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Naperville Police Department.


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