Five people were left without a home after a fire swept through three floors of a residence at 9129 Washington Ave. in Brookfield on Tuesday morning.
No one was injured, but the two-story frame structure sustained severe smoke and water damage, said Fire Chief Patrick Lenzi. The village’s building department declared the home uninhabitable due to the damage to both residential floors, the attic and the roof.
“We really had a wind-driven fire going,” said Lenzi, referring to high winds that blew through the Chicago area early Tuesday. “Our crews really worked hard as a team to keep it under control.”
According to Brookfield police, who arrived at the scene shortly before 9 a.m., a 62-year-old woman was sleeping in her bedroom when she was awoken by the door bell ringing and someone banging on the front door.
The woman answered the door and a woman standing on the front porch told her the house was on fire. The four other people who live in the house, all adult, reportedly had left home and were at work when the fire ignited, according to police.
“Half of the attic was involved,” Lenzi said. “There was a lot of water and smoke damage to the first and second floors and part of the basement.”
Lenzi said firefighters have determined that the fire started underneath the front porch stairs and traveled up a supporting column all the way to the roof. While there were no electric wires or other source of fire underneath the stairs, said Lenzi, firefighters don’t believe it to be suspicious in nature. There was no evidence of accelerants at the scene. Lenzi indicated the wind may have aided in getting the fire going.
Fire departments from all of Brookfield’s neighboring communities responded to the scene. Firefighters used two aerial ladder trucks, one from Brookfield and one from Pleasantview Fire Protection District to battle the blaze.
Firefighters cleared the scene at about noon on Tuesday.