Monday, May 28, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Firefighters responded to two fires at 420 S. 21st Ave. in Maywood twice on Memorial Day. | Courtesy Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh
One Maywood family has been temporarily displaced after two fires broke out in their home in the span of several hours on May 28. No injuries were reported.
According to Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh, at around 3:10 a.m. on Monday, Maywood firefighters responded to a call for assistance at a home at 420 S. 21st Ave.
“Someone in the residence awoke to a smoke alarm going off in the house and those inside quickly exited, escaping unharmed,” Bronaugh said. “A person next door called the fire department.”
Bronaugh said that the origin of that first fire started in a basement living space inside of the house.
Several hours later, at around 8 a.m., Bronaugh said that Maywood firefighters were called back to the home. Fire departments from Bellwood and Broadview assisted with the response.
“There was some smoldering in a plumbing wall, so [firefighters] had to come back out and extinguish that,” the chief said. “There were no injuries, thankfully, because the home had smoke alarms that were present and operable at the time.”
Bronaugh said that the American Red Cross was called out to assist the family with finding temporary shelter and providing other resources.
“There is some extensive smoke and water damage to the basement and there’s damage to the bathroom floor,” Bronaugh said. “The space where the plumbing for the bathroom was also damaged.”
He said that the causes of both fires are still under investigation, adding that he did not have enough information to confirm whether the two incidents — which happened at two different places in the home — were connected.
This is at least the second fire that’s happened in Maywood within three days that has resulted in residents being displaced.
The damage from a fire that happened at 215 N. 2nd Ave., at around 4:28 p.m. on May 26 was so extensive that a first-floor apartment unit was made temporarily uninhabitable and tenants had to find emergency shelter.
“Fires seem to happen in spurts,” Bronaugh said. “We were quiet for a while and at one point, we had quite a few. Hopefully, these recent fires aren’t part of a streak where we’ll be seeing lots of them.” VFP
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