Fire investigators are working to find out what caused a massive fire at a restaurant in downtown Naperville.
Village Mayor Ken Peterson said it’s still unclear whether a lightning strike is to blame for a power surge that started the fire during Monday night’s storms.
The fire at the home in the 6500 block of South Emerald Avenue was extinguished about 3:30 a.m., according to Chicago Fire Department Media Affairs. At 5:30 a.m., CFD Media Affairs said the house had collapsed.
A fire that caused about $100,000 in damage to a west suburban Lombard home Monday night may have been caused by a lightning strike during the heavy thunderstorms that moved through the Chicago area, officials said.
Crews responded about 9:45 p.m. to the blaze in the 3600 block of Schillinger Court in Naperville when a resident reported smelling smoke after a nearby lightning strike.
One man didn’t wait for help from firefighters, and jumped from an upper floor. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious to critical condition.
Thunderstorms dumped plenty of rain on the Chicago area overnight, leading to a tornado warning in McHenry County when a funnel cloud was spotted. Lightning also sparked at least one fire in Crystal Lake.
One woman was injured in a fire in an Albany Park apartment building early Saturday morning.
Lightning started a fire in an Orland Park house Wednesday afternoon, and the homeowner’s hunch prevented damage from being worse than it was.
Flames were shooting out the window of a home near 117th Place and Lowe Avenue around 12:15 a.m. when firefighters first arrived. The homeowners were not at home, but someone told firefighters there were two dogs inside, trapped in a back room
Police said the fire started on the third floor of an eight-story building on the 4600 block of North Marine Drive.
Workers told firefighters the blaze started by accident around 9:15 p.m. inside a mechanic shop at 148th Street and Loomis Avenue. The workers tried to put it out themselves, but the flames continued to get bigger and bigger.
A lightning strike injured three firefighters attempting to put out a house fire in unincorporated DuPage County, near Wheaton.
Firefighters pulled 81-year-old Edwin Pauls and 80-year-old Arline Pauls from the burning home after a neighbor called 911 when he awoke to find the home already engulfed in heavy flames and smoke.
Crews were called to the home around 3:20 a.m. Neighbor George Spear said he was awakened by the crackling and popping sounds coming from the burning home.
One person dead – another critically hurt – in a fire on the West Side.
Firefighters on Wednesday night briefly fought an apparent arson fire at the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Hall building in northwest Indiana, part of a proposed site of an immigrant detention center.
When the fire started, Gerardo Rodriguez got out safely from his second floor unit. However, amid the chaos, relatives believe he went back in to try to get his mother out from the first floor of the building. He didn’t realize she’d already made it out.
Two Chicago firefighters are recovering tonight after battling a massive blaze on the city’s Southwest Side.
A woman was hurt when she jumped out of a window during a fire Sunday morning in the South Chicago neighborhood.