No one was hurt after a fire ignited inside a Riverside home Tuesday morning, but the house has been declared uninhabitable pending work to repair extensive smoke and water damage.
Riverside Fire Chief Matthew Buckley said the fire at 197 Herrick Road was confined to a second-floor bedroom, but that there was smoke damage throughout the two-story frame single-family home. Firefighters had to break several windows to ventilate the building but they did not have to open any holes in the roof.
Firefighters were called to the house at about 10 a.m. on Aug. 16. When they arrived, they reported smoke on the second floor of the residence. Eight people, including three adults and five children, along with their pets were safety evacuated from the home, Buckley said.
Personnel from Lyons, Brookfield, North Riverside and McCook joined Riverside firefighters at the scene. Vehicles from Forest View, Westmont and the Pleasantview Fire Protection District also responded.
According to Buckley, the scene was cleared at about noon.