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Firefighters From 16 Districts Respond to Glen Ellyn Blaze

All residents were evacuated from the building. The fire caused $100,000 in damage.

One firefighter was injured battling a blaze on the 1100 block of Brighton Place in Glen Ellyn Friday. (Credit: Google maps)
One firefighter was injured battling a blaze on the 1100 block of Brighton Place in Glen Ellyn Friday. (Credit: Google maps)

A fire caused more than $100,000 in damage to a duplex on the 1100 block of Brighton Place in Glen Ellyn Friday morning, according to a press release from the Lombard Fire Department.

The call came in at approximately 11: 30 a.m. Jan. 24, according to the release.

The address is within Glen Ellyn boundaries but is protected by Lombard Fire Department as a part of the Glenbard Fire Protection District. 

The call came from plumbing workers inside the two story multi-family structure.

Lombard Fire Department Battalion Chief Art Peters said when crews arrived, they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming out of the roof of the duplex. According to Glen Ellyn Police Deputy Chief William Holmer, a Glen Ellyn police sergeant who was quick to arrive on scene notified and assisted the evacuation of residents from the building.

The response was upgraded to a box alarm, which brought in help from neighboring fire departments. One firefighter was injured on scene and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. No other injuries were reported.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Howell, the fire appears to have started in the area where plumbers were working, but the exact cause of the fire is under investigation. The estimated damage to the building and contents is more than $100,000.

Lombard was assisted by the Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Villa Park, Westmont, Wheaton, Wood Dale Fire Departments and the Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glenside, Oakbrook Terrace, Lisle-Woodridge, West Chicago and York Center Fire Protection Districts.

Ed Dunlop January 27, 2014 at 09:14 AM
So this is a Fire in Glen Ellyn that Lombard protects and Glen Ellyn didn't even go to the fire? Is there some problems between the two departments that we all don't know about? Where they called and didn't respond because no one showed up?
Gerard Schilling January 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM
If all these fire districts respond to each others fires why don't we have just one fire district for all of the area and get rid of the obvious redundant management, supervision and facilities and save the tax payers a lot of money. The same is true for park districts, water authorities and many other paid agencies.

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