Seven people were left homeless Friday night after a fire caused more than $400,000 in damage to their house on city’s far south side, the Naperville Fire Department said.
Firefighters were alerted to the blaze by the home’s residents about 11:45 pm and arrived to find fire engulfing the entire front of the two-story building, a news release said.
Because it was beginning to spread to a neighboring property, firefighters began extinguishing the flames and limiting the smoke and heat endangering the second house while taking a “defensive approach” on the first house because “several structural members” had been weakened, the release said .
Both fires were under control shortly after midnight, and the second house remained habitable.
The main home was extensively damaged and deemed uninhabitable by city of Naperville staff.
No one was injured, officials said. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the fire department’s investigation team.
Nearly two dozen personnel, including an incident commander and incident safety officer, and 10 pieces of fire equipment were called in, the report said. Naperville police and electric department staff assisted, as did the Red Cross, Nicor, and the Warrenville and Plainfield fire protection districts.