A single-family home at 3308 Sunnyside Ave. in Brookfield was severely damaged by fire Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported and nobody was home at the time of the fire.
Ten-year-old twins Clara and Stella Pizana were enjoying the swimming pool in their backyard two doors away at around 2:30 p.m. when Stella saw smoke coming from her neighbor’s home. She went inside her house and told her 15-year-old sister, Emma, what she saw. Emma came outside to investigate, saw the smoke and called 911.
“I’m just glad my daughter had enough sense to call 911 right away,” said the girls’ mother, Rebecca, who was not home at the time.
The back end, roof and second floor of the brick bungalow were extensively damaged. The rest of the house suffered smoke and water damage. More than a dozen fire departments responded to assist Brookfield firefighters with the blaze.
Justin Lyons, who also lives in the 3300 block of Vernon Avenue, said there were two fire trucks in front of the house when he came on the scene at about 2:45 p.m. He said there were flames visible and coming from the back of the home.
Emergency vehicles’ sirens and smoke attracted a crowd of about 40, mostly from the neighborhood. The smoke reportedly was visible as far as six blocks away.
Catherine Plunkett, who lives across the street, said she was inside her home when she heard sirens. When she looked out, she saw smoke and flames.
Two firefighters from the Riverside Fire Department were stationed on the roof of the home directly north of the fire scene, pouring water on the flames. That home, separated from the fire scene only by a narrow gangway, and the house on the other side did not suffer any apparent damage.
This story has been changed to correct an error regarding on which street a witness lives.