AN UNOCCUPIED HOME ON Locust Lane, in the Phelan Acres Subdivision, was destroyed by fire on July 4. Fire officials have not yet determined the cause of the blaze.
A vacant home on Locust Lane, in the Phelan Acres Subdivision, was destroyed by fire on Thursday, July 4. Fire officials estimate that although part of the structure is still standing, the home is a total loss.
Emergency service providers were dispatched at 4:12 p.m. Deputy Chief Todd Friddle of the Wilmington Fire Protection District was the first to arrive on the scene.
According to Friddle, there was heavy fire showing from the roof on firefighters' arrival. Because of the home's secluded location, keeping the supply of water going was an issue, and assistance was requested from a number of departments, including Braidwood, Coal City, Custer Park and Elwood.
"We had to stack tankers to establish a water supply," Deputy Chief Friddle explained.
The MABAS 15 cause and origin team, which is called to investigate nearly every structure fire, believes the fire started toward the middle of the structure. The cause is still under review.
Deputy Chief Fiddle said the property owner is a resident of Joliet who was considering having the house renovated and using it as a rental unit. The house was maintained, Friddle said, but not inhabited at the time of the fire.
Fire and ambulance units from Channahon, Gardner, Morris, Minooka, Bourbonnais, Manhattan and Troy fire districts also assisted at the scene and at the station, responding to additional fire and ambulance calls while Wilmington was busy on Locust Lane.