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Residents Safely Escape Douglas Avenue Blaze Sunday

A home in the 400 block of Douglas Avenue was deemed uninhabitable after a fire broke out Sunday afternoon on the third floor.

Residents safely escaped a fire in the 400 block of Douglas Avenue Sunday afternoon that caused approximately $275,000 in damage and left the home uninhabitable, according to fire officials.

The first fire call came in to the Naperville Fire Department at 2:44 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, responding crews found high heat conditions and heavy smoke coming from the single-family home’s third floor, said Naperville Fire Department Bureau Chief Kevin Lyne.

Initially 24 firefighters and 10 apparatus were dispatched to the fire, but because of the size of the building, the incident commander upgraded the fire to a box alarm and additional crews responded. Four additional apparatus arrived at the scene.

The fire was brought under control within about 30 minutes and the was contained to the third floor, with some damage to the home’s second floor, Lyne said in the news release.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Lyne said. The City of Naperville’s Transportation, Engineering and Development deemed the building uninhabitable.

In addition to the Naperville fire and police departments and Naperville’s Emergency Management Agency responding, crews from Bolingbrook, Downers Grove and Lisle-Woodridge fire departments also responded to the fire. Firefighters from Bolingbrook, Warrenville, Lisle-Woodridge and Plainfield fire departments provided coverage at several of Naperville’s fire stations during the incident and Warrenville and Bolingbrook firefighters responded to two separate calls during that time, Lyne said.

Damage to the home is estimated at about $275,000.

D Smith December 31, 2012 at 01:09 AM
This huge response/demand for one of the Mcmansions? Their taxes should be way much more than mine. You would have thought the White House was on fire. When I drove by and saw the streets blocked off, I thought it was a serious car accident. I want to know who they have their insurance with to get an estimate that quick. *sarcasm*
One of their neighbors December 31, 2012 at 01:36 AM
D Smith is an idiot (serious).
Despiser of Obama December 31, 2012 at 04:10 AM
D Smith the next time your house is on fire we will just have your neighbors use garden hoses.
Michael Prueter December 31, 2012 at 02:06 PM
The Naperville Fire Department and all supportng department and agencies did a fantastic job on this fire and all equipment was needed and utilized. Could have been worse except for the fast response by the firefighters. Wonderful work NPD !!! If you were a little bit inconvenienced by going around the block, remember that if your home has problems, which w always pray that it doesn't happn...even to a smart ass!!
FiremanFred's Nightmare December 31, 2012 at 07:38 PM
You are another example of the misinformed public having an open forum to spotlight your ignorance of...pretty much anything relating to the fire service. As Archie Bunker would say, "Stifle". People like you make me sick. I would never tell you how to do your job. I believe its sucking sewers? I leave the performance of that up to you.

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