Candles cited as cause of Naperville-area house fire

Careless use or placement of candles in the kitchen sparked a fire Tuesday morning that did more than $50,000 worth of damage to a house near Naperville’s far south side, a Naperville Fire Department official said.

The blaze that erupted about 9:17 a.m. left the split-level, wood-frame house at 10S545 Windjammer Lane unfit for occupancy, Bureau Chief George Hyland said. The house is in the unincorporated Shell Lake Estates area of DuPage County just southwest of Leverenz and Book roads.

Twenty-four firefighters brought two engines, two trucks, a Heavy Rescue Squad, two medic units and two command vehicles to the scene following the initial 911 call, Hyland said. The first firefighters to arrive reported seeing “light smoke showing from the open front door,” Hyland wrote in a release.

A man or woman identified as being the homeowner reported all of the occupants were already outside and safe. Hyland said firefighters deployed a hose “and initiated (an) aggressive attack, bringing the fire under control” at 9:45 a.m.

“Due to the absence of hydrants in the area, the alarm was upgraded to a tender box alarm,” which would have brought tanks full of water to the scene, Hyland said. That alarm was canceled because of the speed with which the blaze was brought under control, he said.

No one was injured during the incident. Hyland said a fire investigator “declared the cause to be from the careless use of candles.”

The house was deemed uninhabitable until repairs can be made, Hyland said. He added the total loss is “estimated to be in excess of $50,000.”

No damage to the house was visible Tuesday afternoon from the street. Several of the home’s windows were open at that time.

Firefighters were assisted at the scene by Will County sheriff’s deputies and employees of ComEd and Nicor Gas. Hyland said firefighters from the Oswego, Plainfield and Winfield fire protection districts provided manpower and vehicles to the rest of the Naperville area during the emergency.

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