Townhome uninhabitable after fire causes $50K in damages

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 2:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 2:44 p.m. CDT

HINSDALE – No injuries were reported, but the townhome at 5706 S. Park Ave. is uninhabitable after a fire caused and estimated $50,000 in damages late Tuesday.

The Hinsdale Fire Department received a call about 10:24 p.m. Tuesday on the non-emergency line for a smoke investigation in the 5700 block of South Park Avenue.

While en route to the call, the Hinsdale Fire Department received additional calls for a reported structure fire in the 5700 block of South Park Avenue. Hinsdale engine 1013 arrived on the scene and upgraded the response to a still alarm, which brought additional fire crews from Clarendon Hills, Pleasantview Fire Protection District, Western Springs, Oak Brook and Willow Springs.

Fire crews from Hinsdale's engine 1013, truck 1019 and ambulance 1015 evacuated all the residents along the 5700 block of South Park Avenue, which is a series of townhomes located in southeast Hinsdale near Hinsdale Central High School.

Captain Dave DeWolf reported heavy black smoke coming from the 5706 S. Park Ave. residence and deployed multiple hose lines to extinguish the fire, which was burning in multiple locations.

It appears the fire started underneath the fireplace, according to a news release from the Hinsdale Fire Department. The fire then traveled into the crawlspace, along the floor boards and into the interior wall space.

Fire Chief Rick Ronovsky arrived on the scene and elevated the incident to a box alarm, which brought more fire crews from Westmont, La Grange, Oak Brook Terrace, Downers Grove, La Grange Park, McCook and Tri-State Fire Protection District.

The fire was under control within minutes of the first arriving Hinsdale fire crews.

Steve Tullis of the Hinsdale Fire Department said typically an alarm is upgraded for additional manpower for overhaul, investigation, clean-up and the chance there are additional calls for emergency within the village of Hinsdale while Hinsdale crews are committed at the fire.

Additional crews are also needed in case someone gets hurt on the scene or if residents need assistance with EMS, Tullis said.

The homeowner has made plans to stay somewhere else while the townhome remains uninhabitable, said Tullis.

Fire investigators are still determining the cause of the fire, however, it does not appear suspicious in nature, according to the release.

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