Fire is one of the most common and dangerous things that happens to homes and buildings. When this occurs, our personal safety comes first so it is best if you escape as quickly as possible and call 911 or the fire department. Most of the time, people get hurt in fires because they panic, making them incapable of making the right decisions, or they simply don’t know what to do in the first place. This report from the Chicago Tribune describes an incident wherein the occupants of a burning building were able to exit easily:
Firefighters are chasing hot spots at a building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood after a fire started late this morning. No injuries were reported. Firefighters are investigating a blaze that severely damaged a three-story home under construction in Lincoln Park on Saturday morning.
The blaze started about 11 a.m. on the second or third floor of a newly constructed building in the 1800 block of North Fremont Street, according to Chicago Fire Department officials. At 11:29 a.m., the fire was elevated again to a 2-11 alarm because of water pressure issues, fire officials said.
Some people working in the five bedroom home were apparently in the structure when it caught on fire, but exited safely, without assistance from the fire department, said Chicago Fire Department District Chief Don Hroma.
About 100 firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene but no one had to be taken to the hospital, Hroma said.
Fires continuously burn as long as there’s oxygen and fuel so it is always a good thing to be prepared and have precautions for these types of incidents. While the people thankfully escaped safely, this isn’t always the case especially when you’re in a structure with weakened components like a rotting roof. Having the right kind of roof could mean the difference between life and death during a situation like this and taking precautions wouldn’t hurt. Have your home or commercial property’s roofing in Orland Park inspected today to ensure that it’s still strong and able to buy you some time in the event of a fire.
If you detect any issues with your roof, contact roofing contractors in Orland Park, IL like A+ Roofing. Their staff members are trained and certified by top manufacturers so you don’t have to worry about faulty installation and poor workmanship. The company also follows all current local and international building codes, assuring you that your property will be structurally sound.
(Article Excerpt from North Side fire out, no one hurt, Chicago Tribune, May 17, 2014)