18 families displaced after fire in Schaumburg

 
 
Updated 1/24/2016 4:48 PM

Eighteen families were displaced Sunday after electrical meters caught fire and power was shut off at a Schaumburg condominium building, fire officials said.

Residents of the three-story, multifamily building in the 2300 block of John Rolfe Drive noticed smoke coming through their vents about 12:55 p.m., said Angela Walsh, Schaumburg Fire Department public education and information officer.

 

The building is owned by Fellowship Housing, a nonprofit that offers programs and services for single mothers and their children who are at risk of homelessness, said Associate Director Pam Orr.

The fire was contained to a communal utility room that houses electrical meters and hot water heaters for six of the building's 18 units, Walsh said.

Fire officials initially thought they could isolate that section of the building and shut down the gas, electric and heat for only those six units, she said. After investigating further, she said, they had to shut down the entire building.

"The main reason for displacement is because the power is shut down," Walsh said. "It's not because of damage in their units; it's because of no power."

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Nobody was injured, she said, and fire officials are unsure of how long families may be displaced.

Orr said the organization is trying to find places for the families to live, but declined to comment further.

Red Cross also is helping the families with immediate services, Walsh said.

The Schaumburg Fire Department is investigating the fire.

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