Naperville fitness center reopens after fire

Updated 11/26/2019 6:46 PM

A fitness center in south Naperville was back up and running late Tuesday after an afternoon fire caused a brief evacuation, authorities said.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury during the response to the fire, which began at 2:37 p.m. Tuesday at Avolve Fitness, 2835 Showplace Drive, Suite 139, Bureau Chief of Support Services Phil Giannattasio said. The firefighter was being evaluated and was expected to be fine with no long-lasting effects, he said. No gym members or employees were hurt.


The first firefighters arrived at 2:41 p.m. and saw smoke throughout the building. They found fire above a sauna unit in the ceiling of the business and put out the flames within five minutes, Giannattasio said.

Fire investigators and a building inspector determined the structure remained habitable, and the fitness center was allowed to reopen after employees cleaned up.

Tom Oliveira, general manager at Avolve Fitness called the fire "small" and said it was caused by a circuit in the ceiling. He praised the Naperville Fire Department for a "great" response that helped the reopening go smoothly.

Giannattasio said investigators are still working on a report to pinpoint the fire's cause.

Crews from the Aurora Fire Department assisted during the response, which eventually drew 10 pieces of fire equipment and 24 firefighters to the scene. The Plainfield Fire Department provided backup coverage for Naperville fire stations while crews were at the fire. Naperville police and the city's department of transportation, engineering and development also assisted.

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