ST. CHARLES – At 2:18 a.m. April 9, the St. Charles Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire in the 1000 block of Ronzheimer Avenue.
Units were on the scene by 2:23 a.m. and found the structure fully involved in fire, stated a news release from the fire department.
The fire was also extending to a nearby home on Ronzheimer Avenue. Firefighters were able to stop the extension of the fire and bring the fire under control in approximately 40 minutes, stated the release.
Three occupants were at home at the time of the fire. A neighbor returning from work noticed the fire and made the 911 call, while her husband, an off-duty Geneva firefighter, woke up the residents and alerted them to the danger, the release stated.
All three residents were able to self-evacuate after being alerted to the fire. There were no injuries to firefighters; however; there was one minor injury to a civilian sustained when he was alerting the residents, according to the release.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire loss is estimated at $100,000 to the structure and contents, stated the release.
The St. Charles Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Geneva, Batavia, Elburn and Countryside and West Chicago fire departments.