Naperville: Apartment Fire in 700 Block of Royal St. George Drive
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NAPERVILLE, Ill. ~ At 4:19 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2023, Naperville's Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received an activated fire alarm from a seven-story residential occupancy in the 700 block of Royal St. George Dr. In response, PSAP immediately dispatched a general alarm response consisting of three engines, two ladder trucks, one heavy rescue squad, two medic units and two battalion commanders.

The first unit arrived on the scene at 4:24 p.m., where they found light smoke showing from the sixth floor of the structure. Firefighters deployed high-rise packs and hoses and rapidly ascended to the fire floor to confirm a fire in the unit's kitchen. Command then upgraded the alarm to the box alarm level which brought additional companies to the scene and backfilled Naperville fire stations.

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Crews were able to bring the fire under control and begin overhaul and salvage operations within 20 minutes of arrival, confining it to the unit of origin. Three occupants from the fire unit had exited before NFD's arrival and primary and secondary searches revealed no additional occupants in the building. Fire crews remained on scene for 60 minutes to look for any fire extension and assist homeowners before being assisted by Naperville Police Department; Naperville Transportation, Engineering and Development team; Nicor; North Aurora Fire Department; Oswego Fire Protection District; Warrenville Fire Protection District; Winfield Fire Protection District with station coverage.

The cause of the fire was determined to be cooking materials on a stove that spread to other areas of the kitchen resulting in estimated damages of $25,000. One patient was evaluated by Naperville Fire Department but released with no injuries reported among firefighters either. The fire unit was deemed uninhabitable but rest of complex was able to be reoccupied afterwards.

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