A garage fire in Elgin shows the value of a quick response and interdepartmental teamwork, and serves as a reminder for caution as more people are saying at home.
According to an Elgin Fire Department news release, firefighters responded at around 2:09 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 4, 2020) with aid of the South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District to a reported house fire on the 1600 block of Seaton Lane.
A little less than 6 minutes after dispatch, first arriving crews found heavy smoke coming from the closed three-car garage attached to a two-story home.
The first arriving Elgin ladder truck and South Elgin engine quickly removed the overhead garage doors and contained the fire to the garage.
There was extensive damage to the garage and its contents, but fire officials said the quick work by the fire crews prevented any significant fire or smoke damage to the interior of the home.
The occupants were home at the time of the fire and were able to evacuate prior to the arrival of the fire crews. No injuries resulted from the fire.
Initial indications show the cause of the fire to be accidental, but the fire is still under investigation by the Elgin Fire Department Fire Investigation Team.
A Tip From Elgin Fire Chief Robb Cagann
Remember to call 911 immediately when smoke or flames are seen in your home. This will ensure the quickest responses possible.