Structure Fire in the 3400 Block of Caine Drive

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — At 12:24 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a call from a resident in a single-family home stating they smelled smoke and their smoke detectors were going off in the basement. Naperville 911(PSAP) dispatched a general alarm assignment consisting of 11 pieces of fire apparatus and 25 personnel including an incident commander and incident safety officer to the reported address. Two occupants were home at the time, and both had safely evacuated the building prior to the fire department’s arrival.

At 12:31 p.m., the first vehicle arrived on scene and encountered heavy smoke coming from the basement. Fire crews stretched hose lines and began a search for the fire. As companies were advancing through the building they discovered a fire in the basement that had burned through the subfloor and was extending to the floors above. Additional handlines were deployed to contain the secondary fires, and at 12:54 p.m., the fire was deemed under control. Fire companies remained on the scene for another 60 minutes to ensure that all hot spots were extinguished.

The Naperville Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Naperville Police, Naperville Electric and Nicor. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There were no injuries to any occupants or firefighters while operating on scene. The building was deemed to be uninhabitable by the Naperville Transportation, Engineering and Development Team. The blaze, which displaced four residents, is estimated to have caused $150,000 in damage.

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