Police and firefighters from Naperville responded about 9:46 am on Monday, October 11, 2021, Naperville’s to a 911 call from a resident in the block of 2900 Kilburne Lane reporting a garage fire. A general alarm was immediately dispatched for the structure fire which brought a total of 3 engines, 2 ladder trucks, 1 heavy rescue squad, 2 ambulances, 1 incident commander and 1 safety officer to the scene. The response included 24 personnel. The dispatch center continued to receive 911 calls reporting fire in the multifamily building.
A Naperville shift commander arrived on the scene within 4 minutes and identified a two story 16-unit row house style apartment complex with heavy fire showing from a garage from one of the units. Naperville Truck 10 arrived a minute after the shift commander and advised that all occupants had evacuated the involved unit prior to the arrival of firefighters and paramedics. On-scene assistance was provided by firefighters and paramedics from Aurora, Bolingbrook, Lisle-Woodridge fire departments, according to the Naperville Fire Department.
Due to the size of the structure and heavy fire involvement the alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Division 16 Box Alarm Box #10 assignment bringing additional resources to the scene. Also an additional engine, squad and a ladder truck were requested to the scene. Box Alarm units assigned to the scene were from Naperville. Box Alarm units assigned to stand by in Naperville fire stations included firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Bolingbrook, Darien-Woodridge, Downers Grove, Lisle-Woodridge, Plainfield, Warrenville, and Westmont.
The main body of fire was declared knocked and the primary search was completed by about 10:21 a.m.
Incident command was established, and a safety officer was assigned to oversee operations at the fire scene. A hose line was deployed to the garage and a primary search of the apartment complex was initiated. A second hose line was deployed to the interior structure and a secondary search was completed with no victims discovered. Crews located and extinguished the fire within 15 minutes of arrival. Additional crews assisted with establishing a water supply, removing smoke by ventilating, and searching for any hidden fire throughout the complex. Salvage and overhaul activities were conducted to limit further damage to property and contents of the involved units.
The was declared knocked at about 10:36 a.m. as firefighters completed a secondary search for victims in the building, and checked for hot spots in the roof. No victims were discovered in the secondary search.
The Box Alarm was struck out about 10:53 a.m.
Additional assistance was provided by the Naperville Police Department, Naperville Electric Department (NED); Naperville Transportation, Engineering and Development group (TED); and the American Red Cross. The primary fire unit and an additional unit were declared uninhabitable due to smoke and fire damage. The remaining 14 units were saved and were re-occupied by residents.
One firefighter sustained a minor injury while on scene and no injuries to citizens were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Naperville Fire Investigation Team.
Naperville police officers assisted with scene security and crowd control.
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