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Fire renders single-family home in Lemont uninhabitable

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 11:49 a.m. CDT
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The cause of a Sunday morning fire on the 1200 block of St. Brendans Court in Lemont remains under investigation.

LEMONT — A fire severely damaged a residence in the Abbey Oaks subdivision of Lemont on Sunday morning.

The single-family home on the 1200 block of Brendans Court was left uninhabitable after a fire began in the basement, said Carl Churulo, chief of the Lemont Fire Protection District. The fire started in a void of the ceiling behind a television set in the basement, he said.

"The call came in at about 6:15 [a.m.] or so," Churulo said. "A teenage son was home at the time. He was the one who called us, and he got out safely."

The fire took about 30 minutes to extinguish, Churulo said. The cause of the blaze remains undetermined, he said.

One of the Lemont firefighters was treated at a local hospital for dehydration and released, Churulo said. No one else was injured as a result of the fire, he said.

Northwest Homer Fire and Ambulance Protection District sent personnel to assist Lemont at the scene, and Argonne National Laboratory sent an ambulance to the home, Churulo said. Staff members of both the Romeoville and Westmont fire departments helped in the investigation, he said.

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