May 5, 2014

814 Clinton Ave, Oak Park, Illinois
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The 3 alarm fire which which brought some 75 firefighters from 11 different communities, is believed to have started the other morning and woke residents and neighbors at about  4:17am.  Most fires in Oak Park are caught and delt with while confined to one or two rooms in a house. This  incredible inferno had the entire house at 814 Clinton in a blaze of destruction.  There was some talk in the neighborhood of insufficient water at the scene.  This is a residential area and not a commerical district, and have smaller amounts of water required to deal with the common fire--this was not a common fire.  Three hydrants were used together in some case to deliver the 500 gallons of water to the fire in a minute.  The water pressure was fine, but a lot of water was needed.

Boarding up to secure the property
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All three buildings have been condemned by the village of Oak Park, prohibiting anyone from living in them until they are repaired or replaced. The building at 814 Clinton the one completely and utterly destroyed is now just a pile of burned timber and rubble, the building to the south of it 818 Clinton, because of the wind coming from the north sustained much more damage than the building at 810 Clinton, to the north.

The four people living in 814 Clinton house, three on the night of the fire, which has now been reduced to rubble, awoke to the sound of breaking glass caused by the fire and exited their building through the rear.

The woman living at  810 Clinton was awoken by the loud noise in her bedroom, and by extremely bright orange and red lights from the fire next door, she safely exited her residence.

 The third family members from 818 Clinton were awoken by the loud noise and fire, by their nine-year-old daughter who woke the family and they  exited their home safely.

818 Clinton could be a total loss as well, time will tell.
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The building at 814 Clinton which was totally destroyed from the blaze that evening had only been being rented for about two years, by its owner who's now living in Maryland.  It was the owner's childhood home and is now a total loss, but there are three families now on the block with a large loss to themselves and have been forced to find other places to live while insurance companies decide the next steps.

All gas, electric, and water service to all three residents has been cut off and boards are being placed on windows and entrances to secure the buildings for insurance and safety reasons.

The fire is still under investigation, but nothing has been noted that appears to be of a criminal nature.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

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Residential Fire Completely Guts one House and might have totaled the Adjacent Homes.

The fire which looks to have started about 4:00 a.m. in the morning on Sunday, May 4th, has completely destroyed the home at 814 Clinton in Oak Park, Illinois.  The origin the fire was believed to have started on the front porch, according to the  neighbors across the street.

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Neighbors had commented that it could've been from a barbecue, but that's unsubstantiated at this point.  Fire investigators will be working to determine the cause and location of the start of the fire. 

The two adjacent homes were initially believed to have been saved from total destruction by there being stucco homes and the stucco acting as a shield against the fire instead of burning merely baked some of the structures, the exact amount of damage has yet to be determined, but at least one is also thought to be a total loss.

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Some of the neighbors were also concerned that perhaps some of the fire hydrants weren't working, but it appears that ample water was in fact available to use to prevent even more destruction of the adjacent homes.

No residents or firefighters lost their lives and no reports of serious injuries, in the hours of fire fighting.  More to come as it becomes available.

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