Above / Naperville Fire Department responds to a structure fire on the 300 Block of North Avenue. No 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. Thanks for calling 911 when necessary. Be alert by day and by night. Stay safe.)
At 04:47AM on Wed., April 5, 2023, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a phone call for a smoke investigation for the occupancy at the 300 block of North Ave. PSAP dispatched a full still response of two engines, one truck company, one medic company, and two battalion commanders to the scene.
Engine 1 arrived on the scene at 04:52AM, where they found a two-story, balloon-framed, multi-tenant residential structure with fire showing from the front of the building on the second floor.
Engine 1 immediately upgraded the response to a general alarm. A general alarm assignment consists of three engines, two ladder trucks, one heavy rescue squad, two medic units, and two battalion commanders.
First-arriving companies completed a 360-degree survey of the occupancy and pulled a hose line to the second floor. Companies began an aggressive interior attack on the fire, darkening down the involved rooms and confining the fire to the second floor. Seven occupants were found, with one occupant being rescued by firefighters and cleared from the building. The rest of the occupants were able to self-evacuate the building upon the fire department’s arrival.
Companies on the scene utilized a coordinated attack to bring the fire under control within 10 minutes of arrival and began overhaul and salvage operations. Primary and secondary searches were conducted, and no additional occupants were found. Fire crews remained on the scene for an additional 60 minutes performing overhaul and salvage operations.
The Naperville Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Naperville Police Department, the Naperville Transportation, Engineering and Development team, NICOR, the Naperville Electric Department, and the American Red Cross. The Wheaton Fire Protection District and the Warrenville Fire Protection District provided Station Coverage for the duration of the incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
No injuries to occupants or firefighters were reported. The building unit was deemed uninhabitable by the Naperville Transportation, Engineering, and Development Department.
Report submitted by Phil Giannattasio CFO, Deputy Chief, for the Naperville Fire Department.