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Wilmington multi-family home deemed uninhabitable after residential fire

The Channahon Fire Chaplain continued to work with multiple Wilmington families Tuesday afternoon after a fire left them homeless.
The Channahon Fire Chaplain continued to work with multiple Wilmington families Tuesday afternoon after a fire left them homeless.

WILMINGTON – The Channahon fire chaplain continued to work with multiple Wilmington families Tuesday afternoon after a fire left them homeless.

Channahon firefighters responded just before 2:20 p.m. Monday to the 27000 block of South Kelly Road in Wilmington for a reported structure fire, according to a news release from the Channahon Fire Protection District.

Crews initially were informed that a home with an attached garage was on fire and raised the fire’s alarm as more information became available.

When first responders arrived, they found that fire was showing from the garage of a two-story multifamily residence. All the building’s residents had evacuated before the firefighters’ arrival.

The fire was under control in roughly one hour, and it was considered extinguished about 30 minutes later.

ComEd also was called to the scene to secure the building’s electrical system.

Crews faced various challenges as there were no water hydrants in the area and the residence was located a half-mile down a narrow driveway from South Kelly Road. Some equipment needed to be placed more than 1,000 feet from the home.

MABAS Division 15 fire investigators conducted the investigation of the scene and determined the fire started in the garage. The fire’s cause was listed as undetermined Tuesday afternoon, and the investigation was considered ongoing.

Because of the smoke and fire damage, the building was deemed uninhabitable. The estimated cost of damage was not available Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters from Minooka, Troy, Elwood, Morris, Braidwood, Wilmington, Coal City, Lockport, Plainfield, Mazon, Manhattan, Rockdale, East Joliet and Homer Township assisted Channahon fire at the scene. Morris, Peotone and Romeoville covered the remaining area during the incident.

Channahon police directed traffic and secured the site. Fire agencies remained on the scene until after 6:20 p.m.