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Local News

No one injured in 2 Wheaton fires

WHEATON – No one was injured in two house fires in Wheaton that appear to be accidental in nature.

The Wheaton Fire Department responded to a fire at 2 p.m. Sept. 18 in a single-family home in the 1500 block of Burning Trail that apparently was sparked by smoldering materials placed within a trash container, according to a news release from the city of Wheaton.

Upon arrival, fire crews identified a fire on the outside of the home that was extending into the attic.

The fire was brought under control within minutes, the release stated. The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries.

Damage estimates were not available at this time, according to the release. The City of Wheaton Building Department was called to the scene, and the building was posted as uninhabitable.

In the second incident, the department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at about 1 a.m. Sept. 20 in the 1300 block of East Illinois Street. Upon arrival, fire crews identified a fire in a clothes dryer that was extending to the adjoining room, according to a city news release.

The fire was brought under control within minutes. The occupants safely escaped the building, and the incident did not result in any injuries, the release stated.

Damage estimates are unavailable at this time. The building was posted as uninhabitable because of smoke damage, according to the release.

Wheaton firefighters were assisted on both scenes by the Wheaton Police Department and several fire departments from neighboring communities.

The buildings were turned back over to the property owners after the fires.

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