Scene immediately after Palatine firefighters extinguished attic fire in condominium building.
Palatine police and firefighter/paramedics responded at 4:57 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2019 to a report of black smoke coming from a three-story condominium building located at 524 East Spruce Drive. The first Palatine Fire Department crews arrived on the scene at 4:59 p.m. and found smoke coming from the roof. A hose line was pulled and advanced to the third floor where fire companies discovered an attic fire in unit #3A. The fire crews quickly began removing walls and ceilings in the unit to expose the hidden fire. The fire was extinguished and most of the damage was confined to the fire unit with some water damage to the units directly below. Additional fire companies performed searches of the building for any trapped occupants and to locate any other hidden fire. Firefighters, with the assistance of Palatine Police officers, stretched a supply line to a nearby fire hydrant while other firefighters performed support functions. The fire was declared under control at 5:15 p.m. Firefighters continued to perform salvage, overhaul, and investigative activities for some time after that.
No civilians or firefighters were injured in the fire which was contained to one condominium unit. Damage estimates are not available at the time of this release. Palatine Fire Department investigators have determined the cause of the fire to be accidental, and electrical in nature.
According to Palatine Fire Department, thirty-two firefighters responded to the scene with four engines, three ladder trucks, four ambulances, and two rescue squads. The fire was fought by twenty-seven firefighters and supported by three command officers and three fire investigators. Units from the Arlington Heights Fire Department were among the initial responders to the scene as part of an automatic aid agreement. An ambulance from the Fox River Grove Fire Protection District stood by in a Palatine Fire Station to assist with additional calls during this incident. Palatine Police officers assisted at the scene with resident evacuation, traffic control, and fire investigation.
Palatine Fire Department reminded the public that the place where we feel the safest, at home, is where most fire injuries and fire-related deaths occur. Working smoke alarms are the best defense against being injured in a home fire. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), all homes should have working smoke alarms in and outside each sleeping area and on each floor of the residence. The NFPA also recommends that smoke alarms be tested monthly. Smoke alarms save lives. Palatine Fire Department reminded residents to make sure your smoke alarms are working and are less than 10 years old.
For more information on smoke alarms and fire safety visit www.palatine.il.us or www.nfpa.org/education.
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