Above / During a recent program hosted by Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS), one of the attendees mentioned to Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis that he appreciated knowing the cause of a fire as a preventative measure. Still under investigation, Saturday’s fire reportedly was caused by a laundry room appliance and caused $25,000 in damages. (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 whenever seeing something suspicious. Be alert by day and by night. Stay safe.)
At 4:41PM on Sat., Jan. 20, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a call for smoke coming from an appliance in a two story, multi-family townhome home located in the 2900 Block of Saganashkee Lane. (South of 95th Street and east of Route 59)
Naperville 911(PSAP) dispatched a full Still response consisting of 6 pieces of fire apparatus and 13 personnel including an Incident Commander and Incident Safety Officer to the reported address.
At 4:45PM, Engine 6 arrived on scene indicating nothing showing from the exterior.
Investigation of the interior showed smoke conditions increasing in the residence from the area of the laundry room and flames were noted in that room as well. The residence was evacuated prior to Naperville Fire Department arrival, and a General Alarm assignment was requested to bring an additional 4 pieces of fire apparatus to the scene with an additional 9 personnel.
A single 1-3/4” handline was utilized to extinguish the fire. The fire was brought under control by the Naperville Fire Department within 10 minutes of the arrival of the first unit.
The Naperville Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Naperville Police and Electric department, Nicor, and the Naperville DPU assisted in salting the icy road.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation at the time of this news release.
No injuries to the residents or firefighters while operating on scene were reported. The residence where the fire occurred was deemed uninhabitable due to the gas needing to be shut off. The fire is estimated to have caused $25,000 in damage.
Report submitted by John Sergeant, EMT-P, MBA, Division Chief, Naperville Fire Department.