Naperville, IL – A Naperville family narrowly escaped a fire in their home on Catherine Avenue late Wednesday night. According to Naperville Fire Department officials, the incident occurred at a two-story single-family house in the 1100 Block of Catherine Avenue.
The Naperville Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a call at 9:20 p.m., reporting smoke inside the residence. Firefighters arrived at the scene four minutes later and discovered increasing smoke conditions, prompting the evacuation of the home’s occupants. A malfunctioning furnace in the crawl space was identified as the fire’s source.
Fire crews quickly deployed a hose line and extinguished the fire. The Naperville Police and Electric departments assisted at the scene. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported among the five residents or firefighters.
However, the fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage, rendering the building uninhabitable. The Naperville Transportation, Engineering, and Development Team has since relocated the affected family. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.