Extra Alarm Apartment Fire on South Park Lane Displaces 16 Families in Westmont

ABC 7 Chicago Video: At least 16 families were displaced from an extra alarm fire at a Westmont apartment building at 6703 South Park Lane near Cass Avenue and 67th Street.

Westmont police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:00 a.m. Wednesday January 31, 2018 to a report of an apartment fire at 6703 South Park Lane. The fire was elevated to a Box Alarm at 1:52 a.m., a 2ND ALARM at 2:05 a.m. and a 3RD ALARM at 2:41 a.m.

The three-alarm fire destroyed a 3-story brick apartment building, leaving dozens of people temporarily displaced. At least 16 families were displaced.

A MABAS Division 10 Box Alarm on Box #18-02 was called for a fire in a 3-story apartment that was fanned by high steady winds and gusty winds. Winds at O’Hare International Airport at the time the fire was reported were observed from the South 21 MPH, gusting to 31 MPH.

Evacuation Tones for firefighter evacuation were sounded at 2:15 a.m. Fire companies evacuated the building and went to defensive mode at 2:15 a.m. on orders of Westmont 1601.

Elmhurst Tower Ladder 2’s crew and truck were called up to service from staging at 3:04 a.m.

Fire command requested one Pace Bus for warming by 3:15 a.m.

Some residents believe believe the fire started in an outside light fixture that sits right above a doorway. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

About 30 area fire departments responded to the fire with at least 100 firefighters working.

Dozens of people were left homeless when an extra-alarm fire swept through a 16-unit apartment building in west suburban Westmont. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

BOX UNITS ASSIGNED …

ENGINE(S): Clarendon Hills Fire Department
Pleasantview FPD
Hinsdale Fire Department E85
Tri-State FPD

TRUCK(S): Downers Grove Fire Department
Darien-Woodridge FPD Ladder 89

SQUAD(S): Argonne SQD116

EMS: Downers Grove Fire Department
Oak Brook Terrace Fire Department

CHIEF(S): Tri-State FPD
Downers Grove Fire Department
IMAT
Pleasantview FPD Plans Chief

SPECIAL:

CHANGE OF QUARTERS:

STAGING: 67th St and Cass

2ND ALARM AT 2:05 AM

ENGINE(S): Lisle-Woodridge Fire District
Addison FPD
Lemont FPD

TRUCK(S): Oak Brook Fire Department (OOS), Lombard TL44 instead

SQUAD(S): York Center FPD SQD77

EMS: Naperville Fire Department M1

CHIEF(S): Brookfield Fire Department
Darien-Woodridge FPD

SPECIAL:

CHANGE OF QUARTERS: Brookfield Engine411, Pleasantview Ambulance 1514, Western Springs Engine1721

3RD ALARM AT 2:41 AM

ENGINE(S): La Grange Fire Department E1112
Brookfield Fire Department
Western Springs Fire Department E1721

TRUCK(S): Elmhurst Fire Department TL2

SQUAD(S): Lyons Fire Department SQD1316

EMS: Pleasantview FPD
Pleasantview FPD Rehab

CHIEF(S): Addison FPD BC71

SPECIAL:

CHANGE OF QUARTERS: La Grange Park Engine, Westchester Ambulance M25, Romeoville Engine

STRUCK OUT AT 4:10 AM on orders of 1801.