Lombard firefighter sustains minor injuries in early morning fire

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 3:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 8:19 a.m. CDT

LOMBARD – A Lombard firefighter sustained minor injuries this morning while conducting roof ventilation at the scene of a residential fire in the 1100 block of Fairfield Avenue.

The injuries were very minor, and the firefighter was able to get off the roof on his own, Lombard Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Howell said.

"Any time there is a structure fire, we want to get the smoke out of the building because it causes a lot of damage and feeds the fire," said Howell, referring to the roof ventilation process.

Firefighters responded to a fire reported near a dryer inside the ranch-style home around 6:30 a.m. Monday, Howell said.

The fire was upgraded and brought assistance from neighboring fire departments, including Addison, York Center, Downers Grove, Oak Brook and Villa Park fire protection districts, Howell said.

All occupants were able to self-evacuate and were uninjured, Howell said.

The fire caused between $80,000 and $100,000 and the origin and cause of the fire are under investigation, Howell said.

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