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Lemont firefighters extinguish fire thdestroyed home 300 block East DivisiStreet near downtown Lemont Sunday. | Frank Vaisvilas/For Sun-Times Media

Lemont firefighters extinguish a fire that destroyed a home on the 300 block of East Division Street near downtown Lemont on Sunday. | Frank Vaisvilas/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 26, 2014 9:02PM



No injuries were reported in a fire that destroyed a home on the 300 block of East Division Street near downtown Lemont on Sunday afternoon.

Lemont Fire Chief George Rimbo said no one was home when the fire began and a neighbor called the fire department about 1 p.m.

Fire crews still were fighting the fire three hours later.

When fire crews arrived, Rimbo said they tried performing an “interior attack” to try to save the house.

But much of the home soon became engulfed in flames and Rimbo said he became concerned the second floor would collapse on firefighters, so he ordered them outside.

“We couldn’t make any headway,” Rimbo said. “It eventually turned into a defensive firefight (from the outside).”

He said the home likely is totally destroyed. Investigators still were trying to determine what caused the fire and exactly where it started.

As temperatures reached into the mid-80s and firefighters battled in intense heat, Rimbo rushed to a store to buy several cases of bottled water. He said he made sure crew members regularly were checked for heat exhaustion.

“Everbody’s doing fine, so far,” Rimbo said about 4 p.m.

Six fire engines responded, including from surrounding communities Darien and Woodridge and the Argonne National Laboratory.



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