Cause of Naperville house fire still sought

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Firefighters battle a fire Monday afternoon at 414 Brad Court in Naperville.  |  Bill Bird~Sun-Times Media

Naperville Fire Department investigators on Tuesday continued to seek the source and cause of a fire that did an estimated $40,000 damage to a house in the east-central part of town.

No one was hurt during the blaze, which erupted about 1:34 p.m. Monday in the brown- and beige-colored house at 414 Brad Court, which intersects with Oxford Lane southeast of 75th and Washington streets.

Bureau Chief Kevin Lyne said on the scene the two homeowners called 911 “and reported an odor in the house.”

They soon after “saw smoke coming out of the vents inside,” Lyne said.

One of the homeowners also “said he could see the fire on the outside of the house,” Lyne said. That damage appeared to have been confined to a southern, exterior wall.

Twenty-four firefighters drove three engines, two trucks and five other vehicles and pieces of firefighting apparatus to the scene.

Deputy Chief Rick Sander, in a release, said the first firefighters arrived on the scene within four minutes of the initial 911 call “and reported moderate smoke and visible fire showing out of the second-floor bedroom window” of the two-story, wood-frame house.

Firefighters carried a hose through the front door, went upstairs, extinguished the flames and ventilated the building while checking for “fire extension” into the walls and ceilings, Sander said. The fire was put out in less than 10 minutes, he said.

Sander said the home was later deemed habitable. He estimated the total financial loss at $40,000.

Police cars during the emergency barricaded the stretch of Oxford Lane just north and south of Brad Court, forcing motorists to detour out of the area.

Lyne added while the cause of the fire “does not appear to be suspicious, it remains under investigation.”