ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Occupants of a two-story home damaged by a fire Thursday in St. Charles Township escaped unharmed, said Greg Benson, chief of the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District.
Fox River, along with units from several other agencies, responded to the Bluff Drive residence late Thursday afternoon after receiving reports that flames and smoke were coming from the structure, Benson said.
A unit from Fox River's new Station No. 3 at Carl Lee Road and Route 25 in St. Charles Township was first on the scene, Benson said. He noted units from Station No. 1 in Campton Hills shortly followed.
Fremon Childers, a resident on nearby Meadow Drive, said he had just started watching the 4 p.m. news when he heard the sirens.
"I couldn't believe how many departments they had here," Childers said. "It was unreal."
The Kane County Sheriff's Office blocked traffic from Bluff Drive at its intersections with Route 31 and Meadow Drive as firefighters worked the scene.
The fire was concentrated in the attic, Benson said, and crews were able to get it under control in about five minutes. Benson noted the residents were outside the house when firefighters arrived.
Benson did not have damage estimates Thursday but said the Red Cross had been contacted to assist the family.
Investigation into the fire would start Thursday and would likely continue today, Benson said.
Units from South Elgin, Pingree Grove, Elburn and Elgin assisted Fox River, Benson said.
Childers, who can see the Bluff Drive home from his driveway, reflected on the fire after crews had left.
"Well thank God that they don't have a big loss over there," he said. "They're nice people."
Childers said he appreciated the response he saw from Fox River. He noted he was initially leery of the district's plans to break ties with the city of St. Charles several years ago to start its own stations.
"They did one heck of a job," Childers said. "[Fox River] made a believer out of me."