Naperville Firefighters Extinguish Fire in Basement of Single-Family Home

At 11:38 a.m. on Monday, May 18, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call from a resident stating there was a fire in the basement of their single-family residence on the 1200 block of Chateaugay Avenue. A general alarm assignment was immediately dispatched to the location by PSAP. Truck Company 1 arrived on scene within 6 minutes of receiving the call and reported smoke showing from the front door. The company officer completed a scene size-up and advised there was smoke coming from the front door with a confirmed fire in the basement. 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. The 4 occupants were out of the structure when the first unit arrived on scene.

Companies initiated an aggressive interior fire attack and extinguished fire contained to the basement within 20 minutes of arrival. Extra time was taken to extinguish smoldering materials during overhaul and remove smoke from the entire residence. Crews continued to perform salvage and overhaul operations for another 45 minutes after the main fire area was extinguished. No injuries to any firefighters operating at the scene were reported during this incident and the four occupants of the residence were uninjured. and out of the structure when first unit arrived on scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the house was deemed uninhabitable, 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, and Naperville Electric Department. Fire station coverage was handled by on-duty crews from within the Naperville Fire Department, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, Wheaton, and Westmont Fire Departments. Assistance was provided by the American Red Cross to provide temporary housing for the displaced family of four. There were 2 pets located in the house by firefighters, that had perished from the smoke.

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