Firefighters Battle Blaze at Home in Unincorporated Glen Ellyn

Multiple fire districts were called to the scene around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 27.

Updated 3:26 p.m.

Officials have not yet determined the cause of a house fire in unincorporated Glen Ellyn Tuesday afternoon.

Craig Eldridge, spokesman for the Glen Ellyn Fire Department said the home was undergoing construction, or some sort of remodeling, and the fire appeared to be contained on the second floor. There is extensive water damage to the entire back portion of the home, Eldridge said. He could not speculate on the cost of the damage.

"There was a lot of fire in that house when we got there," Eldridge said. "The DuPage County task force is on the scene investigating."

Firefighters from multiple districts battled the blaze in 1S400 block of Sunnybrook Road in unincorporated Glen Ellyn. No firefighters were injured. One neighbor was taken to the hospital for treatment after she witnessed the fire, officials said.

Neighbors say one neighbor broke a window in the house when they saw the fire to allow two dogs to escape.

The fire broke out around 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. No one was inside the home when the blaze started, according to Glen Ellyn Police Chief Phil Norton and neighbors on the scene.

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While strong winds whipped through the densely wooded area, firefighters said winds were not a significant factor in fighting the blaze.

Firefighters from Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, York, Bloomingdale, and Winfield were still on the scene as of 2:41 p.m. At that time it was unclear what caused the fire. A construction dumpster sat in the driveway but neighbors could not confirm if work was being done on the home. 

Neighbors said the residents have three grown children, including one possibly in college, and have been longtime residents at the home. 

Stay tuned to Patch for more details as they become available. 

Jake Eleniewski March 31, 2012 at 03:15 PM
We saw equipment from Lombard, Roselle, West Chicago, Wheaton, Lisle Township, Elmhurst, Carol Stream, Bloomingdale, and York Center there!
Karen M. Bushy March 31, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Yes,they are.
Karen M. Bushy March 31, 2012 at 08:49 PM
The entire state of Illinois is divided up into varous districts by the fire service. There is a very well organized and very rigid protocol of how and when various departments are called into action for a large fire or one that has the potential to become larger than the local department can handle alone. The commanding officer has a full complement of information as to exactly which departments have which kind of equipment available, and which departments have specialty teams (dive/rescue, etc) The system is called MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) and it is one of the best in the country.
lucas knudsen April 01, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Mabas Division 12 Hanover Park Itasca Lombard Oak Brook Oakbrook Terrace Roselle Villa Park Warreneville West Chicago Wheaton Winfield Wood Dale York Center Addison Bloomingdale Carol Stream Elmhurst Glen Ellyn Glenside MABAS that glen Ellyn is in
Al Johnson April 20, 2012 at 02:36 AM
How scary, my family would always drive by their complementing the house hoping it would go up for sale so we could get it! But I feel so bad for the owners. If they still have the same builder they did, in which we had too, then that is a probably cause for the fire. Shortcuts shouldn't be accepted. My heart goes out to you guys!


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