Saturday, April 7, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: A fire breaks out on April 6 in Maywood. | Courtesy Maywood Fire Department
Two Maywood firefighters sustained minor injuries during a house fire that erupted on Friday night, according to Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh.
The Maywood Fire Department was called to a 1-alarm fire at 1st and Harvard St. in Maywood, at around 8:10 p.m. on April 6.
Bronaugh said that the home was technically vacant, but may have been occupied by squatters who may have caused the fire.
“It was likely man-made,” he said. “Some homeless people may have been smoking. There was a mattress in the second-floor bedroom at the west end of the home, which is where the fire started. It looks like it spread to the front. The firefighters did a good job getting in there and checking where it was.”
Bronaugh said that two firefighters sustained injuries — one sustained a finger laceration and another sustained a kneey injury.
Firefighters work to extinguish an April 6 fire in Maywood. | Courtesy Maywood Fire Department
This is the second fire in a week that has broken out in an abandoned home in Maywood. Bronaugh said that the weather may play a role in the fires.
“The frequency of these fires may be due to the cooler temperatures,” he said. “We’re starting to see more of this. We’re surprised we hadn’t seen it as much before.”
The chief said that the fire did not spread to any neighboring structures, partly because of the quick response of residents.
“Thankfully, there were alert neighbors who made the phone calls and alerted us,” he said. “The fire department supervisor was on the scene first and put a plan in motion right away to put his personnel to work to slow the fire down until subsequent crews could get there.”
The chief said that fire departments from Broadview, Bellwood, Westchester, Stone Park and River Grove also responded to the scene. Except for those sustained by the two fire personnel, no other injuries were reported, he said. VFP
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