Fire scene just after exterior fire was extinguished and firefighters worked to extinguish an attic fire at a house in Mount Prospect.
Mount Prospect police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 12:16 AM Tuesday November 5, 2019 to a report of a fire at a next door house in the block of 500 Forest Avenue just south of the intersection of Forest Avenue and Highland Street Mount Prospect, Il. Police on arrival first confirmed that there was a fire and that residents were evacuated. Initially there was confusion whether there was a second house catching on fire.
Firefighters on arrival reported a roof fire, and that they were pulling a line. The fire department response was upgraded to a “Working Fire” by 12:23 a.m. The fire was reported to be an exterior fire that extended to the back of the house, roof and attic.
Firefighters extinguished the exterior fire by 12:44 a.m. but were still working on the attic fire, chasing some remaining attic fire at 12:56 a.m. The fire was declared under control with a secondary search complete and negative by 1:04 a.m.
Initially, no injuries were reported. There was no confirmation that a second house became involved with the fire.
Police blocking access to the scene at Highland Street and Fairview Avenue claimed they weren’t sure whether or not the fire was arson and blocked an unusually wide perimeter to the fire scene. Mount Prospect Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.
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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