Morning Fire Damages Wheaton Townhouse

The cause of a fire that started Thursday morning in a Wheaton townhouse building is under investigation. 

The Wheaton Fire Department was called to 1313 E. Loughborough Court at 7:45 a.m. for a report of a fire in the four-unit condo building, according to a city of Wheaton press release. Firefighters found the fire in the kitchen of a center unit and were able to quickly get it under control.

A resident of the unit where the fire originated was treated on the scene for a minor injury and then released, according to the news release. No one else was injured in the fire and everyone was able to safely evacuate the building. 
Investigators from the Wheaton Fire Department are conducting a fire investigation, and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. Damage estimates are unavailable at this time.
The city of Wheaton Building Department was called to the scene. The townhouse unit where the fire occurred was posted uninhabitable, but the remaining units were turned back over to their owners for re-occupancy.
The Wheaton Fire Department was also assisted on the scene by the Wheaton Police Department and several fire departments from neighboring communities.
George M March 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM
ok billy and your point is......?
billy March 23, 2014 at 01:16 PM
George M, the City of Wheaton Council is going to vote in April on the new home requirement to have sprinklers installed per update of building code used by Wheaton. But if the other 100 parts of construction that inhibit fires and total destruction of residences is ignored by construction inspectors WHY sprinkle faulty construction ? Accumulation dust in dryer vents in homes, townhouses, apartments, laundry mats or commercial businesses
billy March 23, 2014 at 01:25 PM
continued: dusty ducts require maintenance cleaning ! If not done or faulty construction practice, or worse yet wrong placement of safety devices - sprinklers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, ionizing detectors or heat detects may comfort the buyer/owner but does not truly protect. Buying popular priced building codes and their updates may not represent the best technology and fire investigation analysis. Fire Departments not publicly informing residents of history & fire investigation analysis will continue to answer repeat fire alarms. Perhaps Gorge M has the fire investigation analysis of the townhouse fire across the street to share here ?
George M March 23, 2014 at 01:58 PM
OK well, ahem..not sure how to reply to that rant....all I can say is REALLY? Looking at a few of your other rants from other posts, I think I will just move on and chalk this conversation up to "weird". At least you gave us a good laugh at our fire station. We are glad Wheaton has you! BTW Billy boy, as a firefighter, I can't legally share an opinion of the Townhome fire. We just assisted your city in extinguishing it!
billy March 23, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Thanks George M. Guess your hands are tied? Now how do any building code improve construction requirements ? How does Joe Kreidl's building inspectors improve their work. Guess that is someone else's problem. Perhaps there could be as some did in 1960s publishing statistics of fire causes, construction problems, improvements in fire fighting methods or equipment. I recall an Anthern pumper that was inadequate for modern fire fighting due to its date of manufacturer. Why would sprinklers be promoted in 2014 that differ little from 1890s? Does this 'system' make it difficult to fight a fire with 'I could have told you that would be a problem thought under your breath' ? Sorry if i offend your firehouse but keeping your experience/knowledge offends/endangers all 16,000 residents


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