On April 4, 2019 at around 10:00 p.m., the Sycamore Fire Department was called to the 1300 block of Janet Street in Sycamore, IL for a reported structure fire.
First arriving fire crews found heavy fire engulfing the majority of the structure and initiated a quick defensive attack using a master stream device with tank water carried on the fire engine. The bulk of the fire was brought under control in approximately 60 minutes. A natural gas fuel fed fire involving the gas meter was kept in check by fire crews until a NICOR work crew were able to locate and shut off fuel to the meter. Fire crews remained on scene for approximately 2 more hours doing overhaul operations.
Initially arriving fire companies did a great job knocking down the overwhelming fire, along with valuable assistance provided by their mutual aid partners.
There were no injuries to firefighters or residents. Two individuals were evaluated by an ambulance crew on scene and refused treatment or transport to the hospital. The initial estimate of damages from the fire at 1319 Janet Street are $300,000 to structure and contents. Heat from the 1319 Janet Street also damaged a neighboring house, 1311 Janet Street. The initial estimate of damages at 1311 Janet Street are approximately $50,000 to the structure.
The fire went to the general alarm level and assistance was received from several neighboring fire departments including DeKalb, Elburn, Genoa, Hampshire, Burlington, Cortland, Pingree Grove and Hampshire. The Sycamore Police and Public Works department also assisted. Nicor and ComEd responded to and assisted at the scene.
The cause of the fire is undetermined pending further investigation.