RIVERSIDE – Firefighters from the Riverside Fire Department extinguished a blaze Wednesday afternoon at a home at 73 Northgate Road.
Personnel from the Fire Department received the call at 4:48 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release issued by the village. Firefighters arrived on the scene at 4:54 p.m. and found heavy smoke coming from the home's basement. The three occupants had already exited the house.
Fire officials said that fire had traveled inside the walls up to the first floor of the home. Firefighters opened the walls in the basement and first floor to extinguish the fire. In addition, a hole was cut in the roof and several windows were broken to remove heavy smoke from the structure.
The Riverside Fire Department received assistance from fire personnel from Brookfield, Darien-Woodridge, Downers Grove, Forest View, Hinsdale, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lyons, McCook, North Riverside, Pleasantview, Summit, Westmont and Western Springs.
The MABAS Division 10 Cause and Origin Team was requested to assist with the investigation. The Riverside Fire Department remained on location checking for fire extension, securing utilities and removing debris and units cleared the scene at 8:01 p.m.
The home sustained an estimated $20,000 in damage. One occupant was evaluated for minor smoke exposure but declined medical treatment, fire officials said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but appears to be accidental, they said.