VILLA PARK – Local firefighters administered oxygen to a dog after it was rescued from a garden apartment of a building that had caught fire Monday afternoon, according to a news release from the village. No other residents were hurt, but two firefighters were also transported to a local hospital, treated and released.
At 12:17 p.m. Monday, the Villa Park Fire Department was called to a three-story, five-unit apartment building at 16 W. Terrace St. for a smoke investigation. When they arrived, firefighters found fire on the east side of the building in the stairwell.
The building was occupied with residents who were able to self evacuate without any injuries, the release stated.
During the course of fighting the fire, the alarm was upgraded to a General Alarm at 12:22 p.m., which brought help from neighboring departments of Lombard, Elmhurst, Addison and York Center fire departments. It was upgraded again to a Special Alarm at 12:31 p.m. and crews from Wood Dale and Oakbrook Terrace fire departments came to cover Villa Park's two fire stations.
The dog, named Titan according to the Villa Park Police Department Faebook page, that was rescued from the building's garden apartment was given oxygen and released to its owner in good condition.
The fire was contained to the stairwell and the building's laundry room, and it was struck out at 1:11 p.m.
Damage is estimated at between $80,000 and $100,000, according to the release. The origin and cause of the fire is currently under investigation.