Structure Fire in the 700 Block of Chicago Avenue

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — At 2:35 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a call from a passerby reporting flames coming from a single-family residence located in the 700 block of Chicago Ave. Naperville 911(PSAP) dispatched a general alarm assignment consisting of 10 pieces of fire apparatus and 24 personnel including an incident commander and incident safety officer to the reported address.

At 2:38 a.m., the first vehicle arrived on the scene and found the residence engulfed in a large volume of fire. While advancing hose lines, crews discovered the first floor had partially collapsed into the basement. A defensive stance was taken, and crews began attacking the fire from the exterior of the home. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, fire crews carefully made their way inside to extinguish the remaining hotspots. At 3:01 a.m., the fire was deemed under control. Fire companies remained on the scene another hour extinguishing hotspots.

There was no one home at the time of the fire. Naperville Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Naperville Police, Naperville Electric and Nicor. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Naperville Fire Department fire investigation team. There were no civilian injuries. One firefighter suffered a minor injury. They were treated on the scene and released. The building was deemed to be uninhabitable by the Naperville Transportation, Engineering, and Development Team. The fire is estimated to have caused over $600,000 in damages.

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