By Bob Uphues
No one was injured in an early morning fire that damaged the rear of a two-unit apartment building in the 4300 block of Deyo Avenue in Brookfield on July 14.
The cause of the fire, according to a police incident report, officially was undetermined, although the report notes that citronella candles lit earlier that evening may have been left burning on the second-floor rear deck.
The first 911 calls came in at about 2:20 a.m., reporting the rear deck was on fire at 4320 Deyo Ave. Police arrived to find heavy smoke and flames emanating from the rear of the frame two-story structure.
The residents of the building were evacuating, and police confirmed no one was injured or remained inside. A resident of the building reportedly told police she was asleep in the front area of the second-floor apartment when she awoke to the sound of fire crackling and the sight of smoke beginning to enter into the rear of the unit.
Brookfield firefighters, assisted by units from Forest View, Lyons, Summit, LaGrange and Oak Brook, extinguished the flames, The scene was under control by 3:15 a.m. Firefighters cleared the scene by 4:45 a.m.