Firefighters Battle Commercial Building Fire in 1100 Block of Frontenac Road

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — At 2:31 PM on Friday, November 15, 2019 Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call from an employee stating that a fire had started in the dust collector located in the rear of a medium sized commercial building. The PSAP call taker advised the caller to evacuate all occupants immediately and a general alarm assignment for a possible structure fire was immediately dispatched to the location. While companies began to respond, PSAP received additional information that the fire was in the back corner of the building and that there was heavy, dark smoke coming from the structure. Engine 4, Medic 4, & Car 50 (Training Lieutenant) arrived on scene within 6 minutes of receiving the call and reported heavy smoke showing from the rear of the one-story commercial building. The first arriving company officer quickly determined that there was a working fire in a building attached to the rear structure and initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire. The general alarm assignment response consisted of three engine companies, two truck companies, one squad company, two ambulances, two battalion commanders, one training lieutenant, and one EMS training assistant, for a total of 26 personnel that responded to the scene of the incident.

All occupants had safely evacuated the building as fire department units were arriving. Companies initiated a coordinated fire attack and extinguished fire in the metal dust collector within 30 minutes of arriving on the scene. Extra time was taken to extinguish areas with smoldering around the machine as well as removal of smoke from the warehouse area of the building. Crews continued to perform salvage and overhaul operations for another sixty minutes after the main fire was extinguished. The Aurora Fire Department was requested to respond to the scene with a large area ventilation unit to remove smoke from the warehouse area. No injuries to any occupants or firefighters operating at the scene were reported during this incident.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental as the result mechanical failure in the dust collection unit. The building was deemed habitable after consulting with an inspector from the Naperville Transportation, Engineering, & Development Department (T.E.D.) that responded to the scene. The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Naperville Police Department. Fire station coverage was provided by the Plainfield, Lisle-Woodridge, and West Chicago Fire Protection Districts during the incident.

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