No injuries reported in Geneva multi-family home fire – Shaw Local


No one was injured after a multi-family house was damaged by fire on August 29 in the 300 block of North Fifth Street on the west side of Geneva.

According to a statement, Geneva firefighters were dispatched at 8:13 p.m. to the home, which had been subdivided into two apartments. Tenants of the second-floor apartment called 911 after seeing smoke coming from the house’s common basement.

Firefighters detected and extinguished a small fire in the basement about 15 minutes after arriving.

The first-floor apartment was vacant and all tenants of the second-floor apartment had evacuated the building before firefighters arrived, the statement said.

The preliminary cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature, possibly from a portable dehumidifier. Damage was limited to the basement storage area with minor smoke damage to the rest of the building.

Firefighters from Elburn, St. Charles, Batavia and Elburn assisted Geneva at the scene.

The West Chicago and Fermilab Fire Departments filled Geneva fire stations and responded to additional calls in the community. Additional support was provided by the Geneva Police Department, the statement said.


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