Palatine Police Assist People Out of Apartments During Fire in Business Below


Palatine police, first on scene, help residents out of second floor apartment while fire burns business below; firefighters contain fire to business space. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Police, firefighters, and paramedics from Palatine responded about 9:56 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023 to a reported structure fire at 434 East Northwest Highway in Palatine. There was a report of four residents trapped in a second-floor apartment. Palatine Police Department units were first on the scene and assisted the four occupants of the second-floor apartment out of the building. The first Palatine Fire Department unit arrived on the scene four minutes after dispatch and reported light smoke coming from a second-floor window. The initial fire crews searched the building for the fire and any other occupants. The fire was located in a first-floor business and was quickly extinguished, and declared under control at 10:20 p.m.

Two residents of second floor apartments were transported to Northwest Community Hospital for possible smoke inhalation. No firefighters were injured in the fire. The fire was contained to one first-floor business with other units sustaining minor to moderate smoke damage. Damage estimates are not available at the time of this release and the fire remains under investigation by the Palatine Fire Department.

The business or businesses below the apartments involved holistic health, Reiki, Chakra, Nutrition and Weight Loss, and a Psychic.

The fire was fought by 34 firefighters, staffing five engines, two ladder trucks, and four ambulances, which responded to the scene along with five command officers. Firefighters from the Rolling Meadows Fire Department and Arlington Heights Fire Department assisted at the scene. During the incident, a unit from the Long Grove Fire Protection District stood by at Palatine Fire Station 82 to provide coverage for any additional calls. Palatine police officers assisted at the scene with traffic and crowd control.

The Palatine Fire Department reminds everyone to have working smoke detectors in their homes and businesses. Working smoke detectors prevented this incident from being much worse, according to Palatine Fire Department.

Firefighters forcing entry at the back door of a business on Northwest Highway in Palatine on Saturday, April 22, 2023 (CARDINAL NEWS)
Firefighters forcing entry at the back door of a business on Northwest Highway in Palatine on Saturday, April 22, 2023 (CARDINAL NEWS).

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