Police and firefighter/paramedics from Arlington Heights responded about 4:40 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2020 to a report of a house fire in the block of 1100 North Chestnut Avenue.
Firefighters arrived to find fire showing at the front of the house with two vehicle fires outside on the driveway and at least one vehicle fire inside the attached garage.
Initially it was unknown if there were any injuries, but it appeared that all people in the house safely evacuated before firefighters arrived.
A neighbor reported that a Tesla and a charging station were possibly located inside the garage. Initially there was no confirmation that any Tesla equipment caused the fire. A blue Tesla sedan that was parked on the driveway was towed away first, after the bulk of the fire was extinguished.
The Tesla and a BMW were destroyed on the driveway; a Volkswagen and Acura were destroyed in the garage. Fire investigators arrived and are looking at the vehicles that were parked in the garage, and the inside of the garage.
The fire extended up to the second floor and an attic above the garage. The fire was under control within about 40 minutes.
A MABAS Box Alarm was activated for this fire, which brought firefighters and fire equipment from neighboring communities.
The homeowner credited a garage “fire door” with saving the lives of his family. The homeowner said his wife was awakened first by the alert sound from their NEST smoke detectors.
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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