Several fire departments battled extremely cold temperatures, icy roads and deep snow Saturday night in responding to a single-family house fire west of Peck Road in unincorporated Geneva Township.
No one was injured in the fire, which caused significant damage to a house at 0N760 Wenmoth Lane. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Geneva Fire Department was dispatched to the fire at 6:14 p.m. after a neighbor called 911 to report that there was a fire across the street, according to a news release from the Geneva Fire Department. As the first unit arrived on the scene, heavy fire was showing from the south side of the home with a woman reported to be still inside the house, the release stated.
The initial response was immediately elevated to a special alarm and then to a mutual aid box alarm for additional manpower, equipment and resources. Firefighters quickly located and rescued the woman and a dog from the home, the release stated.
The woman was transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva as a precaution. Fire crews initiated an aggressive exterior and interior attack and brought the fire under control in about one hour, according to the release.
The lack of fire hydrants in the area along with extremely cold temperatures, deep snow and icy roads all contributed to the need for additional fire personnel and equipment. The home sustained significant fire damage on the second floor, attic, and attached garage, with smoke and water damage throughout the structure, the release stated.
Firefighters from Elburn, St. Charles, Batavia, West Chicago, Fermilab, North Aurora, Winfield, Bartlett, South Elgin, Kaneville and the Fox River & Countryside fire department assisted Geneva firefighters at the scene. The Sugar Grove and Warrenville fire departments filled in at the Geneva fire stations and responded to two other calls during the fire.
Source: The Daily Chronicle