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.