No Injuries in July 4 Fire at Wheaton Home

Crews respond to "heavy" attic fire at 876 Tara Court. One person and two pets evacuated without injuries.

No one was injured in a fire at a Wheaton home around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. According to a press release, the responded to a call at at 876 Tara Court at 2:43 p.m., where crews found "heavy fire" in the attic. The home is now uninhabitable, according to the Daily Herald.

The house sustained heavy fire damage to the attic and second floor, and the entire house sustained water damage, according to the release. The one person and two pets inside the house were able to get out before the fire department arrived.

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Thirty-six fire units and six medical units responded to the fire, with a total of approximately 75 firefighters responding. Approximately 13 other fire departments, the and a representative of the Building and Code Enforcement Department assisted with this incident. The fire was under control at 5:30 p.m., according to the Daily Herald.

In spite of the 101-degree temperature, there were no reported injuries to any of the firefighters, since crews were rotated out of the fire ground on a regular basis.

The DuPage County Fire Investigation Team was dispatched to the scene in order to investigate the cause of the fire. The cause is currently undetermined and is still under investigation. There is no damage estimate at this time.

Sandra D July 05, 2012 at 10:58 PM
God bless the firefighters who gear up in all that heavy outerwear to do their jobs. I can't even imagine how awful that must be. The good news is everyone including the pets got out. Prayers to the family as well.
Michael Sanchez July 06, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Fermilab Fire Dept responded as well as West Chicago and Westmont
Mary Perona July 06, 2012 at 07:32 PM
The fire was right behind our house. We are so thankful that no one was hurt. We pray for the family who lived there and offer any help we can give. The firefighters were brave in that awful heat--with all that gear on. Several neighbors brought them drinking water and hoses to hose them down. We are all in this together.
John Rutledge July 07, 2012 at 09:01 PM
It is easy to say, yet true, that we are all fortunate that no one among the homeowners and firefighters was injured. It might not have been this way, especially given the nature of the fire and the intensely hot weather. The loss of a family's possessions, yes, treasures, is a terrible blow. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family. Although it would not have mattered in this case, it reminds me of the importance of having a Knox box. This is a small hardened steel box that is ordered through the fire department for about $200. You mount it near your front door and call the fire department to come and use their tightly-controlled key to the box to lock your house key inside the box. Then if they need to come in for a fire, well-being check, or whatever, they use their key to unlock the box, get your key, and open the door, instead of using their axe. If necessary, they WILL come in. We have one on our house, and most businesses have them. I highly recommend getting one for your home. And, no, I do not have a financial interest in Knox boxes. Again, our sincere best wishes to the family as they recover from this terrible loss.


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