Firefighters received an activated fire alarm signal that was immediately followed by a called in report by a resident that there was a fire in an apartment.
Police and firefighter/paramedics from Schaumburg responded about 1:27 a.m. Saturday October 5, 2019 to a report of an Activated Fire Alarm followed by a called-in report of flames and smoke showing in an apartment in the 100 block of Salado Court near Remington Circle in Schaumburg. The caller stated that people and pets were trapped in the building. Police were first on the scene and reported that people were trapped on the third floor. Firefighters on arrival reported smoke showing.
A ladder truck was setup at the rear of the building (on the north side). An engine was also set up on the north side, and initially a 2 1/2-inch line was charged. Fire eventually singed and charred the south side of the building, and fire burned through the roof.
A Fire Box (Extra Alarm Box #2) was requested by 1:39 a.m. as the fire was spreading.
An Ambulance Box (EMS Box #6) was requested by 1:43 a.m. for multiple patients at the fire scene.
By 1:44 a.m. there were victims being helped by firefighter/paramedics at the back of the building, where firefighters were also attempting to get hose lines on the fire on the second floor and the third floor.
At 1:51 a.m. there was a person that was rescued from a third floor balcony at a corner of the building. Rescue operations were underway for at least 30 minutes with a person reporting they were still in their third floor apartment at about 1:58 a.m.
Firefighters were assigned to fight fire in the third floor hallway at about 2:05 a.m.
The fire was knocked with firefighters chasing hot spots, by about 2:21 a.m. Firefighters were pulling down ceilings in the building, checking for hidden fire, and the fire was declared out by 2:33 a.m.
Extra-alarm apartment fire with rescues on Salado Court in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Initially it was unknown the number of people that were rescued, but three residents were immediately transported to area hospital(s). An additional two people may have been transported at a later time, but this is not confirmed. A firefighter also required evaluation and was transported to a hospital — apparently related to exertion during heat stress.
All injuries and/or conditions were initially believed to be non-life-threatening.
Firefighter/paramedics from Arlington Heights, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Itasca, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Streamwood, and Wood Dale assisted Schaumburg firefighters. The Salvation Army canteen also responded to the scene.
The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.
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