Firefighters are continuing to seek the cause of a blaze Tuesday afternoon that damaged a house in the unincorporated Steeple Run area just east of Naperville.
At least 50 members of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District and other nearby fire departments arrived to battle the fire at the house on the 24W700 block of Ohio Street.
The fire erupted about 3:30 p.m. Firefighters hoisted an aerial ladder shortly before 5 p.m. to illuminate the roof, which was giving off white smoke. Flames at about 5:20 p.m. began rising above the roof of the house.
Pete and Kathy Seegebrecht live in the home along with their two teenage sons. Pete Seegebrecht said everyone got out of the house safely.
“Other than the fact that a fire started, I don’t know what the cause is,” he said.
He said he was home about 2 p.m. and that his sons, ages 14 and 16, had just come home from school at Benet Academy and were doing their homework when the fire broke out.
He said the family had only moved into the house about a week ago, although the family has lived in the Naperville area for a long time.
“Whatever happens, happens,” he said as the fire burned. “That is what you have insurance for.”
At least 20 fire trucks and pieces of equipment were brought into the area to handle the fire.