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Lightning Strike Ignites Augustana Drive Blaze

Nobody injured in house fire Tuesday night.

A lightning strike caused a house fire late Tuesday night in the 1100 block of Augustana Drive.

The fire was called in to 911 at about 10:04 p.m. and crews arrived within about six minutes, according to a news release from Division Fire Chief Mark Ziemnik. The home’s residents all escaped safely.

Crews saw smoke coming from the roof and proceeded to the second floor to fight the fire, Ziemnik said. The blaze was out within 15 minutes, but crews remained for another 90 minutes to open walls and ceilings to ensure that the fire had not spread.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire, Ziemnik said. Crews from Lisle/Woodridge provided an engine to Station Two, Bolingbrook assisted with an engine to the scene and Plainfield provided a ladder truck to Station Five.

A building inspector determined that the home is uninhabitable until repairs can be made, Ziemnik said. Damage to the home was in excess of $150,000.

Jon Sabath August 04, 2011 at 01:55 PM
The house around the corner on Oberlin ct had a fire in Jan and it looks like the insurance company paid to put "clean clothes on a dirty body" you can still see the smoke under the eves of the house. Large fires need to be handled by your own claims professional not by the insurance company's program contractors, or half assed restoration companys. Only a Public Adjuster can level the playing field for you and your family. On a 200,000 fire claim a mistake of only 10 percent can cost you 20,000. Can you really afford this?

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