Residential Fire in the 200 Block of E. Hillside

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — At 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call from a resident stating there was heavy black smoke coming from the garage of the person's single-family residence. A general alarm assignment was immediately dispatched to the location by PSAP. Battalion 1 arrived on scene within 4 minutes of receiving the call, and reported smoke showing from a two-car detached garage and all residents evacuated.

Battalion 1 completed a scene size-up and advised there was moderate smoke pushing from the opened service door of a detached garage, located about 10 feet from the home. Truck 1 arrived shortly after and pulled a hand-line and extinguished the fire. Fire Companies on scene assisted with salvage and overhaul, including removing an SUV from the garage. The 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 a fire attack and extinguished fire contained to the garage within 10 minutes of arrival. Extra time was taken to extinguish smoldering materials during overhaul and remove smoke from the garage area. Crews continued to perform salvage and overhaul operations for another 20 minutes after the main fire area was extinguished. No injuries to any firefighters operating at the scene were reported and the occupants of the residence were uninjured.

The cause of the fire was investigated by a Naperville Fire Department Investigator and determined to be due to improper disposal of oil-stained rags. The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Naperville Police Department.

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