Quick Action By Samaritan Alerts Neighbors Of Fire
Thanks to the quick action by a good Samaritan, all occupants of a residence were able to safely escape a Saturday afternoon fire.
FDL Fire Rescue was called out Saturday January 29, 2022 at 12:40 p.m. to the area of Bluehill Avenue and Southview Road for the report of a residential structure fire.
Crews arrived to find a fire quickly advancing up the rear exterior wall of an attached garage of a single family residence. A good samaritan from a neighboring home quickly called 911, immediately alerted the occupants inside the home, and began assisting occupants with evacuation.
All occupants were able to evacuate the home without injury. Another civilian assisting with occupant evacuation was treated by paramedics and transported to St. Agnes Hospital.
Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and contain the damage to the exterior garage wall and the attic space above the garage. Smoke was ventilated from the home by fire crews.
Due to the quick identification of the fire and extinguishment by firefighters, the occupants will be able to stay in their home and not need to be displaced.
All smoke detectors within the home were in proper working condition and were activated.
Fire investigators determined that the fire originated in a garbage container located on exterior of the garage and and then continued to the exterior garage wall.
FDLPD assisted with traffic and scene control. Alliant Energy also assisted with securing gas / electric utilities while firefighters extinguished the fire and later restored utility services to the home for the residents after the fire.
Firefighters will be canvassing the neighborhood Sunday (1/29/2022) to hand out fire safety information to nearby residents.