Firefighters Extinguish Fairway Drive Apartment Building Fire

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — At 12:24 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a fire alarm notification from a multifamily residential unit located on the 1400 block of Fairway Drive. Shortly after the initial dispatch, a 911 call was received from a resident stating there was a fire somewhere in the second floor of their multifamily residential building. A general alarm assignment was immediately dispatched to the address by PSAP. Additional information was received reporting that one occupant of a third-floor apartment was unable to exit their unit.

Engine Company 4 arrived on scene within 5 minutes of receiving the call and reported smoke coming from the second floor upon initial size-up. The company officer completed a scene size-up and advised units of a working fire in a common hallway on the third floor of the building. 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 extinguished fire found in the third-floor hallway within 15 minutes of arrival. Extra time was taken to extinguish smoldering materials during overhaul and remove smoke from the building. Crews continued to perform salvage and overhaul operations for another 30 minutes after the main fire area was extinguished. No injuries to any firefighters operating at the scene were reported during the incident and all building occupants were uninjured. The occupant that was reportedly unable to exit the third-floor unit safely exited prior to the arrival of fire department units.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental in nature from improperly discarded cooking embers. The Incident Commander was able to determine that twelve occupied units would remain habitable 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. Fire station coverage was provided by the West Chicago and Downers Grove fire agencies during the incident.

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