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Channahon fire district handles 3 structure fires

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 9:24 p.m. CDT

CHANNAHON – The Channahon Fire Protection District was kept busy Sunday and early Monday by three structure fires.

The first call came in about 1:30 p.m. Sunday for a residential fire at 25702 Woodrush Way.

The home was occupied by two people who were unaware of the fire, which was visible on the exterior of the home, Channahon Fire Chief John Petrakis said Monday. The residents were evacuated and sustained no injuries.

Crews remained on the scene for about three hours.

The attic, family room and master bedroom all sustained damage, but the monetary amount of damages and cause are unknown at this time, Petrakis said.

Early Monday morning, just before 1 a.m., crews responded to a chimney fire at 25055 Walnut Lane.

The building is owned by Will County Forest Preserve District and houses the forest preserve’s interns, Petrakis said.

One intern was present at the time of the fire, but was not injured. Cindy Cain, spokeswoman for the Will County Forest Preserve, said the intern will have to move out slightly early as the internship was set to expire Wednesday.

Cain said the district hopes to have the building completely repaired by August when next year’s fellowship begins.

Several fire crews were on the scene until 4 a.m. and managed to contain the flames to a small area near the chimney, Petrakis said.

“This one was kind of a challenge because the access from Walnut Lane, which actually leads into the preserve’s house, begins with an access path,” Petrakis said. “That’s about an 800- to 900-foot jaunt. We had to direct one of our engines to back down that path.”

At 6 a.m. Monday, crews responded to a third fire caused by a grill at 25062 Pawnee Lane. Petrakis said the fire was extinguished within one hour and no one was injured.

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