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Small Fire In A House on North King George Court Caused by Torch Used to Fix Leaky Pipe, Palatine

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Palatine police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 5:10 PM Saturday January 20, 2018 to a report of insulation on fire in a laundry room at a house at 1367 North King George Court Palatine, Il. The first fire crew on arrival reported smoke showing from the right side of the property by 5:15 p.m.

Battalion Chief 8 requests a Code 4 working fire response by 5:16 p.m.

Firefighters were able to use a pump can to extinguish the fire involving insulation, and believed the fire was knocked by 5:18 p.m.

Firefighters pulled on ceiling and wall material to check for extension of fire. Firefighters found flames extending through an exterior wall that damaged a small area of siding at the rear of the house.

Damage was confined to the laundry room, and the house sustained very little smoke damage. Residents were not displaced.

Palatine Fire Department fire investigators later learned the homeowner was using a torch to repair a leak in a copper pipe when he unknowingly ignited insulation leading to nearby ceiling joists. The fire was ruled accidental.

The Palatine Fire Department recommends that residents use licensed plumbing contractors to repair leaking pipes and other similar plumbing issues.

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