VIDEO: Condo/Townhouse fire on Jennifer Lane, Palatine.
Palatine police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 12:33 AM Monday to an activated fire alarm and a 9-1-1 call reporting a fire at a townhouse/condo in the block of 200 West Jennifer Lane Palatine, IL. Police on the scene within three minutes reported fire showing on the second floor. Palatine firefighters arrived within four minutes and reported fire showing on the second floor, and reported heavy fire at the rear of the townhouse near a balcony. Fire was also reported showing through the roof.
Firefighter quickly knocked down the heavy fire, and then chased the fire in the attic. Winds were steady and fanned flames in the attic and roof. Firefighters standing on the peak of the roof helped expose the fire, while interior firefighters hit the fire with a hose line pointing up toward the ceiling and attic.
Firefighters also thoroughly searched the inside of the townhouse and adjacent units to confirm that all residents safely evacuated from the burning building. A pet cat was found to have succumbed to smoke.
The fire was extinguished about 1:17 a.m. No known injuries at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Palatine Fire Department. Damage is estimated at $200,000. All 6 units at the address sustained considerable smoke and water damage and deemed uninhabitable.
The Palatine Fire Department reminds all residents to have working smoke detectors in their homes and change the batteries twice a year.
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