Fire Destroys Downtown Naperville Home

An early-morning fire caused more than $300,000 in damage to an unoccupied home in downtown Naperville Monday.

An early-morning fire left a downtown Naperville home destroyed Monday.

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No one was home when the fire started in a two-story house at 115 N. Huffman St., east of North Central College campus, around 12:10 a.m. Monday, according to the Naperville Fire Department.

First arriving units reported a two story wood frame home fully involved in fire on all floors. 

The first arriving crews brought nine vehicles to the scene. Once they arrived, they were informed by a neighbor that no one was home. An additional 14 vehicles were dispatched to the scene, according to the Naperville Fire Department.

Firefighters battled a "heavy volume of fire" on multiple floors of the home and were able to bring the fire under control at 12:35 a.m., according to the fire department. 

No injuries were reported and crews remained on the scene for several hours looking for hot spots and assisting fire investigators, according to the fire department.

The home was deemed uninhabitable and estimated damage is more than $300,000.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, according to the fire department.

The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by Naperville Police, Electric, and Transportation and Engineering Departments as well as NICOR.  Units from Aurora and Bolingbrook Fire Departments and the Lisle-Woodridge, Plainfield and Warrenville Fire Protection Districts assisted in providing coverage to the rest of the city during the incident.

Gerard Schilling April 30, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Where do 23 vehicles park and not get in each others way when fighting a house fire? How many people (fire fighters) does this involve? If all these other communities are backing us up why don't we have one fire department for all of DuPage county and save a substantial amount of money?
Roy Rumaner April 30, 2013 at 02:31 PM
You know you really are stupid Gerard. Do you do anything other than bitch and complain about everything?
Gerard Schilling April 30, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Government has gotten so big, bloated, bureaucratic and expensive that it threatens our very existence. The questions I ask are reasonable, to the point and demand answer not idiotic personal attacks by nitwits like you!
tyrone biggums April 30, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Well Gerard here we go again with the big bad government. Please take your blinders off and try to look at my brief answer to your questions with some form of openness that not all government is out to get you. The 23 vehicles do not all park in front of the house, you have an "X" amount of vehicles that are primarily engaged in the fire fighting process. The other vehicles support or replace the primary vehicles as needed. This fire requires an extreme amount of manpower since the whole house was involved. My best guess would be about 20-35 firefighters involved. You need people not only to contain the primary fire but you also need people to control the area around the house to insure the fire does not spread to other homes due to hot amber's and other unknowns like gas lines, electrical, etc.. At some point, when the percentage of firefighters at the call exceed the ability to cover there respected areas the decision is made to inform surrounding departments that if a call comes in that they would have to cover that area. That does not mean that they were at the fire, they were still in there respected stations and would only go if a call was made. Having one fire department for the county does not make sense. Where would the stations be located? You do realize that DuPage county is 337 Sq miles, how does one station or department cover that much area and who would decide? Oh maybe our government Gerard.
Gerard Schilling April 30, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Tyrone, You would handle it just like multi-company acquisitions where redundant and duplicative services, equipment, management and employees would be consolidated to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. Government agencies have no greater priority then to grow and expand and devour available resources until the overburdened tax payer says enough is enough. Until people like us ask the who, what, where, when and how these people do things (oversight) the cancer will continue to grow! Your explanation/justification for this massive response instinctively and rationally is poppycock. You know it and so does everyone else.
tyrone biggums April 30, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Tell me how would this company get paid? Instead of taxpayers do we become customers? Don't companies or wait as you said "company" have a priority to grow and expand and to profit and devour other companies? Oh wait that would be a monopoly. I know lets have Haliburton take over the fire duties. Now there is a company with business integrity. LOL Now as far as my explanation being poppycock your lack of firefighting experience and knowledge shows. You obviously have never trained or studied anything about deployment of fire fighting resources in an emergency.
Will Joseph May 01, 2013 at 05:57 AM
I know nobody asked me, but I have to say, Gerard - you ARE getting to be as whiny and shrill and tiresome as Vera . . .
Gerard Schilling May 01, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Never whine Will just demand accountability from our paid and elected employees! Who or what is Vera?
Naperville Resident May 01, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Gerald is right. It's unbelievable how much money the city of Naperville wastes. Keep on doing what you do Gerald, don't let these events go unnoticed. 23 vehicles on scene for one fire is absolutely INSANE. I have seen 4-7 vehicles dispatched for larger fires in smaller cities, what do you know the fire was contained just as quickly. I have traveled all around the US and Naperville by far is the most wasteful city I have encountered. Don't even get me started on the Police Department. Taxes keep going up and quality keeps going down.
East-Side Napervillian May 01, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Gerard, in general, I'm with you. We need to keep a sharp eye on our government. Waste / fraud is what brings cities down.
tyrone biggums May 01, 2013 at 02:39 PM
That's nice that you have traveled and seen things but I have lived and have experience in situations like this. Naperville certainly has its issues and in some cases a lot of issues but it is not the most wasteful city. Maybe you should continue to travel and see things if Naperville is so wasteful and the issue you have with the police department.
Michael Hunt May 01, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Gerry wants the fire departments to run like a subscription service. And if you didn't pay that month, the FD doesn't put out your fire. So much for 'Compassionate Conservatism', eh?
Gerard Schilling May 01, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Mark, That’s even a better idea. All I wanted was a stream lining and elimination of duplication and redundancies. With your suggestion of turning it over to free market capitalist I guarantee it would be run at far less cost and the feather bedding (ambulances and extra unnecessary equipment) would cease to exist. Nothing like good old competition to drive down cost.
Michael Hunt May 01, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Great. Fire Department subscriptions. Society ala carte. Well, you've get the Liberty part covered, I guess. Life and Happiness are out of luck, right? So much for that crazy, liberal, optimistic More Perfect Union stuff.
Gerard Schilling May 01, 2013 at 09:31 PM
We have pay toll roads, parking meters, trains, water, sewage and electric why not fire and ambulance? The only problem I have is government runs monopolies and eliminates any competition thus there is no incentive to keep cost under control.
Resurrected May 07, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Gerald please stop. Now you think you're an expert in fire suppression and procedures. You don't know squat, why there is numerous Fire trucks, firemen and other essential equipment at a active working fire. Please go and learn something!
Resurrected May 07, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Gerald , Vera is Will Joseph's homosexual boyfriend.


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