Illegal fireworks set fire to this Orland Park home on Friday, July 4, 2014, fire officials said. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 8, 2014 2:09AM
The roof of an Orland Park home caught fire on the Fourth of July, thanks to people shooting off illegal fireworks nearby, authorities said.
Orland Fire Protection District firefighters responded to the call on the 11200 block of Poplar Creek Lane on Friday night about 9 p.m., according to a press release. The fire occurred just before Orland Park’s official government fireworks display was set to start, the released said.
“We constantly caution people about the dangers of fireworks being used by the public without professional supervision. They can injure people and they can cause fires. People watch as fireworks shoot up into the sky, and when done professionally, it is fun. But when it is done individually, the individuals forget that sometimes the fireworks can come back down and cause damage to property,” OFPD Chief Ken Brucki said in the release. “Fortunately, this home fire, which we believe was caused by the use of fireworks, did not result in any injuries but it did cause what could have been a major fire that would have changed the lives of the people living in the home.”
Neighbors called for help after noticing a fire on the roof. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire, limiting it to the roof above the garage, the release said. They limited damage to the home by keeping the fire from spreading into the living areas, the release said.
Orland Park Police were questioning someone, according to the release.
The fire district responded to other fires caused by fireworks in the area, but they were outdoors. It also sent help to fight a fire in the Northwest Homer Fire District, the release said.
“With the very large volume of amateur fireworks, we were fortunate not have any reported injuries.”