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Christmas Morning Garage Fire Destroys Two Cars; Cause Unknown

Deputy Chief Jon Stratton said it took about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which was contained to the town home's garage.

Two cars were destroyed in a town home garage fire that broke out shortly before 10 a.m. today.

Deputy Chief Jon Stratton said the fire's cause is undetermined but is believed to have started in a 2005 Ford Explorer SUV that was parked inside the garage at 16787 Hazewood Drive.

One of the town home residents discovered the fire when they went out to the garage to retrieve Christmas presents from the other car and smelled smoke, Stratton said. They were able to evacuate the other residents in the house and called the fire department, he said

The SUV had last been used the previous night and it's not known if the fire had been smoldering overnight or if something caused the fire this morning, he said. An investigator was on the scene.

Plainfield had 26 firefighters on the scene, who had to go in through the garage door because the apparatus to open it mechanically had melted, Stratton said. Naperville, Oswego and Troy fire pesonnel manned the Plainfield stations while Plainfield firefighters were on the scene.

The fire was contained to the garage and took about 15 minutes to extinguish, Stratton said. While the garage was severely damaged, the fire did not spread to the house or the other town homes attached to the unit.

LisaMorris December 25, 2011 at 09:37 PM
However we thank god we all made it out including are pets.Thank you Comfort Inn for giving is a place to stay til we can work thru this and stay close to keep an eye on home as well!
LisaMorris December 25, 2011 at 09:53 PM
The vehicle that was in question for fire was a 2005 Ford Explorer which has been determined yet. The kids at 9:30am where get dad package out of nissian suv. Nothing look out of ordinary. Started breakfast at 10:30am and smoke alarms started going off and husband found garage full of black smoke & fire. Call fire department the responded quickly. A big Thanks to all the Fire Depàrtments who did a great job. MERRY CHRISTMAS &u THANKS THE MORRIS FAMILY!
Mike Bjorklund December 26, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Lisa, we live right down the block. If you need any help with the repair please let us know. Mike.
john krezman jr December 27, 2011 at 12:50 AM
I heard there was a DB found under the I55 overpass by there the other day also but never heard anything.
Holly Lawhead December 28, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Wow we live down the street too! if you need anything just let us know!

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