Attempt To Smoke Out Squirrels Causes Apartment Fire

RICHTON PARK, Ill. (STMW) – A Richton Park man says he accidentally set his apartment building ablaze while attempting to smoke out squirrels that had taken up residence in the walls.

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Resident Robert Hughes says he set off a rodent smoke bomb in his building’s gutter, hoping it would chase the squirrels out of their hole. The squirrels, Hughes says, had gotten in through a hole in the side of the building about three weeks ago and have been there ever since.

“It sounded like a whole family of squirrels living in the house,” Hughes said. “It was kind of nerve wracking.”

Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 10 a.m. Tuesday at 3062 Euclid Lane in the south suburb, Richton Park Fire Department Deputy Chief Rodney Wilson said. Firefighters extinguished the blaze within minutes.

There were no reported injuries, but the apartments were badly damaged.

Firefighters had to rip open the roof in Hughes’ unit and an adjacent apartment to extinguish the blaze, Wilson said.

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  • A Squirrel Is Smarter Than A Mo Mo

    Nice work, that will show those pesky squirrels. The squirrels must be laughing their little furry tails off, what a Mo Mo Dope.

  • Peter Weger

    but did he get rid of the squirrels?

  • mike


  • Tanya Livingston

    You, Out of the Gene Pool!!

  • NWA

    What a neighbor? Really, I was looking for an apartment with a skylight. Thanks neighbor!


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