Firefighters respond to Orland home fire they witness from their firehouse across the street

Firefighters respond to Orland home fire they witness from their firehouse across the street
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Firefighters respond to Orland home fire they witness from their firehouse across the street

Firefighters at the Orland Fire Protection District’s Station 5 at 8851 W. 143rd Street were conducting their afternoon exercise routines inside the firehouse on Saturday (Sept. 5, 2020) at 2:50 PM when they smelled something burning outside.

The OFPD firefighters rushed outside the firehouse to observe smoke coming from a home less than one block west of the firehouse located across 143rd Street.

Engine 5 and an ambulance were immediately dispatched and arrived at the one and one-half story residential home at 9005 Kathy Court just as the homeowner was calling 911 to report the fire in his home. Firefighters arriving at the scene could see fire coming from the home’s attached garage.

Orland Firefighters battle demonstration fire at OFPD Open House event

Orland Firefighters battle demonstration fire at OFPD Open House event

All of the occupants of the home including all of their family pets were able to escape to safety, with treatment for smoke inhalation provided to three of the family members. All three declined transport to a local hospital and were reported in good condition.

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The fire was brought under control within minutes and a search of the house revealed everyone was able to get out of the house.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Orland Fire Protection District was assisted by Palos Fire Protection District, Tinley Park Fire at the scene and Lemont, Crestwood, Oak Forest, Matteson, Northwest Homer, Palos Heights, and New Lenox for station coverage.

Ray Hanania

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