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Fire strikes apartment building

Naperville firefighters work at the scene of a fire at an apartment building on Fairway Drive in Naperville Friday afternoon. | Bill Bird~Sun-Times Media

Naperville firefighters work at the scene of a fire at an apartment building on Fairway Drive in Naperville Friday afternoon. | Bill Bird~Sun-Times Media

Residents of six apartments are temporarily homeless, following a fire Friday afternoon that damaged a three-story apartment building on Naperville’s far northwest side.

No one was injured in the blaze that damaged the 12-unit building at 1465 Fairway Drive, in the Addison of Naperville complex.

Naperville Fire Department Bureau Chief Mark Ziemnik said at the scene that roughly 30 firefighters and 12 vehicles and pieces of equipment were sent to battle the fire, following the initial alarm at 2:12 p.m.

Ziemnik said the first unit that arrived at the scene reported “smoke coming from the roof.”

“We found fire in the attic area and in the walls of the second and third floor,” he said.

While no one had to be evacuated, “we did have to force entry to several apartments, looking for occupants, and none was found,” Ziemnik said.

He said it took about 20 minutes for firefighters to completely extinguish the flames. The last of the firefighters left the area about 4:15 p.m.

The apartments that were deemed uninhabitable suffered fire, smoke or water damage. Arrangements are being made to accommodate the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. The fire loss is estimated to be in excess of $250,000.

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