On Sunday, February 12, 2012, the Park Ridge Fire Department Responded to the Report of a House Fire
On Sunday, February 12, 2012, at approximately 3:52 a.m., the Park Ridge Fire Department responded to the report of a house fire in the 200 block of Meacham Ave. Per the 9-1-1 center (North Suburban Emergency Communications Center), the homeowners had evacuated the residence, and the 9-1-1 call was coming from the neighbors house. Additional report received by the 9-1-1 center was that all occupants of the home were out of the house and accounted for. The first fire companies arrived five (5) minutes after the 9-1-1 call.
Upon arrival, fire companies had smoke showing from the front of the single family home. A fire attack was made utilizing a hose line through the front door, where smoke was present halfway down from the ceiling to the floor. The fire was located in the basement adjacent to a crawlspace and quickly extinguished. Companies advanced a second hoseline from the rear of the house down the stairway to the basement as back-up. Other companies checked the entire structure for fire extension and then proceeded to ventilate using fans to evacuate the smoke. The fire was declared out at 4:10 a.m.
The Niles Fire Department and North Maine Fire Protection District each sent a fire company to assist on automatic aid. The homeowner was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, and signed a release. No firefighters were injured. A routine cause and origin investigation of the fire is being conducted by Park Ridge fire investigators. There is no damage estimate available at this time.
Authority of Fire Chief Michael Zywanski