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Tragic Fire Devastates Local Residence
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By Editor
July 7, 2021

Fox River and Countryside Fire Rescue District crews responded to a call of smoke coming from the home just before 11 p.m. on July 4th in the 200 block of Heritage Oaks Drive in Saint Charles Township. Upon arrival, crews reported smoke showing from the basement windows of the two-story, 9,500-square-foot house, Fire Chief John Nixon said. An extra-alarm response was called. However, the response was hindered because equipment and personnel had already been assigned to the other nearby fires in two other communities. Further challenges included that there are no fire hydrants in the neighborhood, so firefighters had to rely on water tender trucks to bring water to the scene due to the large fire. "We had to juggle our response plan," Chief Nixon said. A total of eight water tenders were assigned to support the fire attack, along with one ladder truck and three pumpers. Over 46 personnel were active on-scene. A total of over 320,000 gallons of water was used to control the fire. Crews have remained on the location through July 7th, extinguishing spot fires remaining in the debris piles. The residence had to be demolished due to safety concerns. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family at this residence, who have lost everything. The cause of this fire remains undetermined, and our investigation continues. No foul play is suspected.


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