Firefighters injured in Downers Grove house fire

Jesicca Cilella
Daily Herald correspondent
Updated 7/17/2011 12:09 AM

Two firefighters were injured while combating a house fire that took nearly six hours to extinguish in Downers Grove Saturday afternoon, a fire department spokeswoman said.

Firefighters from at least 10 fire departments responded to a fire at 5310 Meadow Lane at 4:35 p.m., said public information officer Marsha Giesler.


Upon arrival they encountered dark, thick smoke and flames within the two-story residence, Giesler said. The building's residents were not home at the time of the incident.

Giesler said she believes a man and a woman lived in the house and that they are currently taking shelter with neighbors.

One of the injured firefighters was sent to Edward Hospital and the other was sent to Good Samaritan Hospital, Giesler said. Both suffered minor injuries, she said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.