The Park Ridge Fire Department Responded to the Reported Fire in a House in the 300 Block of Cedar Street
On Tuesday April 16th, at 6:32 pm, the Park Ridge Fire Department along with automatic aid companies from two neighboring jurisdictions responded to the reported fire in a house in the 300 block of Cedar Street. Fire units arrived approximately four (4) minutes after being dispatched. First arriving companies identified a two-story, single-family residential structure with no smoke showing, however the homeowner was in the front yard and stated that her house was on fire. Companies performed a rapid search inside and found a fire in a dryer off the rear door to the home. Engine Company #36 deployed a single 1 3/4" pre-connected hoseline for suppression and quickly extinguished the fire. Remaining companies conducted searches of the structure finding no additional occupants and ventilated the structure utilizing fans. Crews then conducted overhaul operations removing the appliance and some drywall from the ceiling directly above the appliance.
Companies were released upon completion of assignments. There was no extension of fire found beyond the utility room area, however there was smoke damage throughout the home. Damage to the appliance and due to the smoke is estimated to be $10,000. All of the contents and the entire structure were saved.
The only resident at home at the time escaped outside safely prior to the arrival of the Fire Department.
One firefighter suffered a minor lower leg injury when he fell on an uneven surface outside the home. That firefighter was treated and released from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Fire investigators are working to identify both the exact cause of the fire, however investigators determined the fire is being classified as accidental.