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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Naperville Fire Department responds to exterior fire in south Naperville caused by mulch

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Above / Neighbor reports structure fire in 5000 Block of Switchgrass Lane in the southern section of the City. Report determined fire was caused from mulch landscaping. No injuries. (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 always to neighbors or passersby for calling 911 whenever necessary. Be alert by day and by night. Stay safe.)

At 3:44PM, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call from a resident reporting a fire involving the home next door. A general alarm was dispatched to the reported structure fire.

A general alarm assignment consists of three engines, two ladder trucks, one squad, two ambulances, and two shift commanders.

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Within six minutes of the initial 911 call, Truck 10, Engine 6, and Car 4 arrived on scene of a two-story single-family home. Car 4 established command and a unit went inside to verify everyone was out of the house. A neighbor had a garden hose on the exterior fire that had communicated to the siding and structure of the house.

Companies verified that the fire had not spread to the interior and performed overhaul on the exterior of the house. The rest of the fire was extinguished with a pump can. Within 10 minutes of the companies’ arriving on scene command, advised that the fire was extinguished.

There was damage to the electric meter on the exterior of the home.

The Naperville Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Naperville Police Department, Naperville Electric Department, and the Plainfield FPD. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.

The cause of this fire was determined to be from mulch landscaping that caught fire and
communicated to the exterior siding of the home.

Report submitted by Scott A. Salela EMT-P, CFO, Division Chief-Support Services, Naperville Fire Department.

Editor’s Note / (Click here) Fire Prevention 24-7 – ‘Mind Your Mulch’ by Soraya McLaughlin for Positively Naperville

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