Sprinklers help keep Des Plaines fire under control

 
 
Updated 5/21/2019 5:02 PM
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  • Des Plaines firefighters responded to a fire on the 1300 block of Brown Street Tuesday morning. Sprinklers helped keep the fire under control.

      Des Plaines firefighters responded to a fire on the 1300 block of Brown Street Tuesday morning. Sprinklers helped keep the fire under control. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Residents were able to safely evacuate a six-story condo building on the 1300 block of Brown Street in Des Plaines after fire broke out Tuesday morning. It started in a top-floor unit.

      Residents were able to safely evacuate a six-story condo building on the 1300 block of Brown Street in Des Plaines after fire broke out Tuesday morning. It started in a top-floor unit. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • A top-floor unit of a six-story condo building in Des Plaines was damaged by a fire Tuesday morning. Windows were broken and opened to vent the smoke.

      A top-floor unit of a six-story condo building in Des Plaines was damaged by a fire Tuesday morning. Windows were broken and opened to vent the smoke. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Sprinklers helped keep a fire under control and limited damage Tuesday morning in a Des Plaines condominium building, authorities said.

Firefighters were called at 11:13 a.m. to an activated fire alarm at a six-story condo building on the 1300 block of Brown Street. The fire was well-advanced within a top-floor unit and smoke was spreading down the hallway, according to Fire Chief Alan Wax.

Crews launched an attack on the blaze, extinguishing it within 20 minutes. Residents safely evacuated the building and no injuries were reported. Most residents were able to return to their condos in the afternoon, Wax said.

Beyond the unit where the fire started, some other units experienced water and smoke damage, he said.

The cause is still under investigation.

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