Above / Late Sunday, Naperville firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 4600 block of Corktree Road. No civilian or firefighter injuries reported. (PN file photos are used to help flag reports about Naperville Fire Department and Police Department responses to emergency calls, always reminding readers that keeping the community safe is everyone’s responsibility. Be alert. Stay safe.)
At 10:59PM on Sun., Sept. 18, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a call from a resident stating their home was on fire after being struck by lightning.
The single family home was located in the 4600 block of Corktree Road. 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 11:05PM, the first vehicle arrived on scene and reported fire coming through the roof. Fire companies ensured all residents were safely out of the home, then stretched a hose line and began an interior attack. Crews were able to confine the fire to the roof where the strike occurred.
At 11:13PM, the fire was deemed under control. The fire department remained on the scene another 30 minutes to ensure all hot spots were extinguished.
The Naperville Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Naperville Police and Oswego Fire Department. The cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike.
No injuries were reported to any occupants or firefighters while operating on scene. All four occupants were able to safely evacuate the home prior to the fire department’s arrival.
The building was deemed to be habitable by the Naperville Transportation, Engineering, and Development (TED) Team. The blaze is estimated to have caused $30,000 in damages.
Report submitted by Daniel Smith, Division Chief, Naperville Fire Department.