Storm sparks 2 fires, other damage in Naperville

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The powerful thunderstorm that raced through Naperville about 10 p.m. Monday sparked at least two fires, knocked down power lines and caused at least one tree to fall and damage a house.

Naperville Fire Department Bureau Chief Kevin Lyne said no firefighters or residents were injured during any of the emergencies, three of which occurred in a span of four minutes.

The most significant incident was also the first, reported at 9:58
p.m. to 911. That was when a two-story house caught fire at 3628
Schillinger Court, just south of Ashbury Park and east of Book Road on
the city’s far south side.

Lyne said a full contingent of firefighters was sent to battle the
blaze, although he could not immediately provide more detail about the
situation there.

The second emergency call came in at 10 p.m. from a homeowner or
motorist at Ogden and Vest avenues on the city’s northeast side. Lyne
said that emergency, originally reported as a house fire, involved a
downed power line.

The third call, which came in at 10:02 p.m., involved a small fire at
a unit in the Cress Creek Condos, at 1053 W. Ogden Ave. Lyne said that
fire also was extinguished by firefighters, although further details
were not immediately available.

At least one tree toppled during the storm, striking a house at 203
Settlers Court, just south of Knoch Knolls Road on the far south side.
Lyne said he did not know the extent of the damage there.

Tree limbs and branches were felled in several parts of town, and were
especially evident on Royal St. George Drive north of Ogden Avenue.

Traffic signals also malfunctioned during the wild weather, including
at the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Fort Hill Drive on the far
west side of town.

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