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Two Westmont apartment fires leaves one injured

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:16 p.m. CDT

WESTMONT – The Westmont Fire Department extinguished two fires within a week at local apartment complexes.

At 12:34 p.m. July 8, the fire department responded to an activated fire alarm at 5920 S. Cass Ave in the Fountains of Stone Crest apartment complex, according to Administrative Director Craig Skala.

Upon arrival, fire companies noticed smoke coming from a second floor unit. After entering the apartment, crews found a fire in the living room, then quickly extinguished the blaze before it could spread further, according to Skala.

A female resident was found lying in the hallway and was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove where she was treated for her injuries. No firefighting personnel were injured, Skala said.

Due to the time of day, several apartment doors adjacent to the fire had to be forced open to ensure residents' safety. Additionally, a unit below the fire incurred water damage, according to the Westmont Fire Department.

A week later, at 11:32 p.m July 15, the Westmont fire Department responded to a report of an apartment fire at 6703 Vail Drive at the Ponds apartment complex, according to Skala.

When fire crews arrived, their investigation located a kitchen fire in a second-floor unit. The fire was extinguished and contained to the kitchen area. Although no other rooms or units were damaged, the "kitchen was a total loss," Skala said.

No crews or residents were injured during the incident, according to the Westmont Fire Department.

The July 15 apartment fire has been deemed a cooking accident, but the July 7 fire remains under investigation, according to Skala.

For more information, contact the Westmont Fire Department at 630-981-6400.

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