Structure Fire in the 1600 Block of Westminster Drive
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — At 9:08 a.m. on Friday, May 4, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a call for a possible structure fire at a residence in the 1600 block of Westminster Drive. PSAP immediately dispatched a general alarm response, consisting of three engines, two ladder trucks, one heavy rescue squad, two medic units and two battalion commanders.
Medic 4 arrived on the scene at 9:11 a.m., where they found a two-story, wood-framed, multifamily residential structure with no fire showing from the outside. First-arriving companies completed a 360-degree survey of the building and began an investigation. Crews found a small fire located in a second-floor unit bathroom. Companies on the scene used extinguishers to bring it under control and begin overhaul and salvage operations within five minutes of arrival. Crews on the scene confirmed that one occupant who found the fire had evacuated the house before NFD’s arrival. Primary and secondary searches were conducted, and no additional occupants were found.
Fire crews remained on the scene for 30 minutes to look for any other areas of fire and assist the homeowners. Building residents said they were alerted to the fire by the working fire alarm and smoke detectors and called Naperville PSAP to advise them of the fire. The Naperville Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Naperville Police Department.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation but is believed to have originated from a bathroom exhaust fan. Damages to the home are estimated at $15,000. There were no injuries to any firefighters or residents. The unit and the rest of the complex were deemed habitable, and residents were able to return to their units.
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