No injuries after early-morning fire damages Geneva home

Updated 3/16/2014 4:08 PM

No injuries were reported after a fire broke out early Sunday morning at a Geneva home. officials said.

Police officers and firefighters responded to 515 Highbury Lane at 2:41 a.m., after a city resident called 911 reporting a building fire somewhere east of the caller's location in the 400 block of Brittany Court.


After a search, Geneva police officers located the burning home, woke up two residents who were unaware of the fire and escorted them from the home.

Upon arrival, Geneva firefighters found the home's roof to be burning, with the flames being fanned by steady and strong winds. The fire was contained to the attic and roof with limited smoke and water damage to the second floor of the residence.

The fire department's investigation indicates that heat from an electrical failure in an attic ventilator or fan ignited the wood roof sheeting and shingles. The fire caused about $50,000 in damages, officials said.

The fire department asked the city's public works department to respond with road salt since water had spilled on to the pavement causing slick conditions. Given the tight space with emergency vehicles, firefighters hand-shoveled salt across the width of the street.

Other departments who assisted Geneva with extinguishing the fire included Batavia, Elburn and St. Charles. Additional support was provided by the Geneva Emergency Management Agency.

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