Neighbor alerts 911 on home fire, no injuries
The Orland Fire District was alerted at 11:58 AM of a house fire on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 by a neighbor who noticed smoke coming from a house behind them in the 16800 block of 89th Ct. in Orland Hills.
The first arriving companies arrived within 3 minutes from the time of the alarm. Battalion 6 arrived on the scene and found smoke coming from the second floor roof vents as well as the rear of the structure. Truck 4 arrived on the scene and forced entry through the front door of the home.
Fire crews found the house full of smoke and a fire in the upstairs bathroom that had extended up the walls to the attic and to the exterior wall of the home. Fire crews made an aggressive interior attack and deployed two handlines to quickly extinguish the fire.
Multiple fire crews from the Orland Fire District arrived on the scene and assisted with fire control, search and rescue, and overhaul of the structure. A full still was called to provide additional manpower and equipment to the scene as well as covering numerous additional calls for service within the Fire District.
The home was not occupied at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries. The home is currently uninhabitable. The homeowners were away from home at the time of the fire.
The fire is currently under investigation by the Orland Fire District Investigation Team. Other fire departments providing coverage and manpower included Palos Fire, Tinley Park, Crestwood, Matteson, New Lenox, and Frankfort.
The early notification to the fire department by an observant neighbor helped keep further damage to a minimum.
Photos courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District
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