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Naperville firefighters respond to structure fire on Chicago Avenue near Columbia


Naperville Fire Department fights structure fire at residence located in 700 block of Chicago Ave. No civilian injuries. One firefighter suffered a minor injury, and was treated on the scene and released. (PN file photos are used to help flag reports about Naperville Fire Department and Police Department responses to emergency calls such as ones from alert passersby, always reminding readers that keeping the community safe is everyone’s responsibility. Be alert. Stay safe.)

At 2:35AM on Thurs., 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 2:38AM, 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 3:01AM, the fire was deemed under control. Fire companies remained on the scene another hour extinguishing hotspots.

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 (TED) Team. The fire is estimated to have caused over $600,000 in

Report submitted by Daniel Smith, Division Chief, for the Naperville Fire Department. (PN File Photo)

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