At 3:14 PM on Saturday afternoon (5/24/14), Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call from the resident at 1227 Whitingham Circle reporting that there was a fire on the roof of their house.
PSAP immediately dispatched a General Alarm assignment which brought 10 pieces of fire apparatus and 24 fire personnel to the scene.
While enroute to the incident, PSAP relayed information to the responding crews that the fire was reported to have been extinguished.
The first unit arrived on the scene at 3:19 PM. They confirmed that the residents were safely out of the house and began a size-up of the situation. While crews went to the roof to investigate, additional crews went inside to check for fire extension in the attic.
As additional fire units arrived, they assisted with the extinguishment of spot fires while others checked for further fire extension and began salvage and overhaul operations.
The fire was brought under control in about 10 minutes. The main body of the fire was confined to the attic and roof with minor amounts of smoke damage on the second floor of the home.
The damage to the residence is estimated to be approximately $150,000. An inspector from Naperville’s Transportation, Engineering and Development (TED) deemed the building uninhabitable until repairs could be made. The cause of the fire is attributed to roofers using a torch to apply tar on the roof.
The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Naperville Police Department. Fire units from the Bolingbrook, Lisle-Woodridge and Warrenville Fire Departments provided station coverage during this incident.
An Aurora Fire Department unit responded to two other emergency incidents with other Naperville Fire crews during this time.
There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.