Structure Fire 500 Block W. Jefferson Ave.
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — At 8:55 p.m. on Monday (6/21/2021), Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a call on the 500 block of W. Jefferson Ave by the occupant of a home who stated that their smoke detector was going off. A single vehicle was dispatched by PSAP for the fire alarm investigation.
At 8:57 p.m., the resident called back to PSAP and advised they saw smoke in the residence, at which time PSAP upgraded the response to a full still, bringing more resources to the scene. Engine 7 arrived on scene at 9:00 p.m., where they found a three-story, wood framed, single-family residential structure with nothing showing upon initial scene size-up.
An investigation inside revealed heavy smoke from the interior of the home. Naperville 911 (PSAP) upgraded the response again to a General Alarm, assignment consisting of three engines, two ladder trucks, one heavy rescue squad, two medic units, and two battalion commanders. Battalion 1 established Incident command and crews conducted a 360-degree survey of the residence. E7 encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions on the third floor of the home, and along with other suppression units, utilized an aggressive and coordinated interior attack to locate and extinguish the fire.
Crews on scene were able to confirm all occupants -- which included two adults and seven children and one dog -- were out of the building at the time of NFD arrival. Crews on scene began overhaul and salvage operations to expose any hidden areas of heat and fire and protect residential property. Primary and secondary searches were conducted, and no additional occupants were found. The fire was brought under control within in 40 minutes of NFD arrival.
The Naperville Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Naperville Police Department. The Naperville Transportation, Engineering and Development team, NICOR and the Naperville Electric Utility. Station coverage was provided by the Warrenville Fire Protection District, the Winfield Fire Protection District, the Bolingbrook Fire Department and Downers Grove Fire Department. The cause is fire is currently under investigation. There were no injuries to any occupants or firefighters while operating on scene. The home was deemed uninhabitable by the Naperville Transportation, Engineering and Development Team.
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