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No injuries in electrical fire at Lombard home

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A garage fire Monday damaged a house on the 1000 block of South Edison Street in Lombard, but no one was hurt, firefighters said.

Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Howell said the blaze appeared to have started at an electrical outlet in a shed that was filled with storage items and attached to the home's garage.


"I think it was a combination of contents and electrical," he said Tuesday. "It looked like it had been charring for some time."

Firefighters were dispatched about 8 p.m. and arrived within minutes to find the flames spreading to the garage attic. Howell said crews used thermal-imaging gear to find hot spots before dismantling parts of the roof.

"We had to go to multiple points in the attic to make sure it didn't spread," he said. "We're grateful no one was injured."

The flames were under control within 5 minutes, officials said. Some smoke crept into the house, causing less than $10,000 in damage, according to Howell.

Lombard firefighters were on the scene for about an hour, assisted by fire crews from Addison, Downers Grove, Oak Brook, Villa Park and York Center.

Officials said the fire was a reminder of Fire Prevention Week, which runs through Saturday.

To observe the occasion, the fire department will have an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lombard Fire Station 1, 50 E. St. Charles Road. The event includes local vendors, station tours and rig displays. Visitors also will have a chance to meet local firefighters.

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