Structure Fire 1600 Block of Masters Court

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — At 11:43 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call from a fire alarm monitoring company stating there was an activated fire alarm signal being received from a townhouse complex located on the 1600 block of Masters Court. A single engine assignment was immediately dispatched to the location by PSAP. Engine Company 4 arrived on scene within 6 minutes of receiving the call and reported nothing visible from the two-story townhouse structure.

Upon further investigation, the engine company identified that the alarm signal was coming from a unit that was not occupied at the time of the alarm. A neighbor contacted the occupant and provided the engine company with a code to make entry through the garage. Upon entry into the unit the engine company noted significant smoke coming from the main floor laundry room. Engine 4 upgraded the incident to a general alarm assignment bringing two additional engine companies, two additional truck companies, one squad company, two additional ambulances, two battalion commanders and two rescue vehicles to the scene. The upgraded assignment brought a total of 26 personnel to the incident.

Companies initiated an aggressive coordinated fire attack and extinguished the fire within minutes. Extra time was taken to ensure there was minimal fire spread into areas adjacent to the laundry room. Areas with active burning were uncovered and extinguished within another 10 minutes on the scene. Crews continued to perform salvage and overhaul operations for another 20 minutes after the main fire was extinguished. One family was displaced as a result of damage that occurred to the wood frame structure. Assistance was provided to the displaced family by the American Red Cross. No injuries to any residents or firefighters operating at the scene were reported during this incident.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Area of origin was determined to be in the laundry room. The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Naperville Police Department and Naperville Transportation, Engineering & Development Department (T.E.D.).

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