Three youths escape Aurora house fire

Three youths escaped safely from a house fire that displaced five people Saturday morning on the east side of Aurora, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded at 9:43 a.m. Saturday to the 3100 block of Village Green Drive. A neighbor called 911 after seeing smoke coming from the home’s attached garage.

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Aurora Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jim Rhodes said three boys, ranging in age from 10 to 15, were home at the time.

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The 15-year-old opened an interior door to the garage to find the source of a smell of smoke, and then tried unsuccessfully to put out the fire himself with a household extinguisher.

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"He then shut the door and was able to safely exit the home with the two other boys and the family dog," Rhodes said in a department news release.

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Upon arrival, firemen found heavy fire coming from the attached garage of the two-story, wood frame house. The 27 firemen who responded had the blaze out in about 50 minutes, according to the release.

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Rhodes said the 15-year old was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. However, his condition did not require hospitalization.

Fire officials said the home was uninhabitable, and victim services and the Red Cross were contacted to assist the two adults and three children who reside there. The fire caused an estimated $125,000 in damage. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

"This incident once again stresses the importance of calling 911 prior to attempting to extinguish a fire," Rhodes said.

"This is the second fire in a week where the occupant attempted to extinguish a fire prior to calling 911, which resulted in significant additional fire damage," he said.

The Aurora Fire Department said the fire also draws attention to the need for residents to clear snow away from their neighborhood fire hydrants.

Rhodes said the fire hydrant on Village Green Drive had been cleared by neighbors prior to Saturday’s house fire. He said removing snow in a three-foot wide perimeter around the hydrant including a path to the street helps firemen locate and access the hydrant in times of emergencies.

Firefighters responded at 9:43 a.m. Saturday to the 3100 block of Village Green Drive. A neighbor called 911 after seeing smoke coming from the home\’s attached…

Three boys escaped unharmed Saturday morning after fire broke out in the garage of their home on Aurora’s East Side, authorities said.

According to Rhodes, removing snow in a three feet wide perimeter around the hydrant including a path to the street will assist firefighters with locating and accessing the hydrant.

Aurora firefighters were called to the home in the 3100 block of Village Green Drive at 9:43 a.m. by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the garage.

The Aurora Fire Department says the Saturday morning fire in the 3100 block of Village Green Drive on the city’s east side began in the garage. (Aurora Fire Dept. photo)

At the time there were three children home: two 10-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy. According to the Aurora Fire Department, the oldest boy smelled smoke, opened the interior garage door to see the fire and attempted to put it out with a fire extinguisher. After that was unsuccessful, he shut the door and was able to get out of the home with the two other boys and the family dog.

The 15-year-old was treated for minor smoke inhalation, but did not have to go to the hospital, fire officials said.

Firefighters arrived to find the two-story, single-family home with heavy fire coming from the attached garage. It took 27 firefighters about 50 minutes to fully extinguish the fire, officials said.

The fire caused an estimated $125,000 in damage, and left the building uninhabitable. Three children and two adults were displaced, but are receiving housing assistance from the city and Red Cross.

A statement from the fire department said the fire stresses the importance of calling 911 prior to attempting to extinguish a fire. It is the second fire in a week in which a resident tried to put it out before calling 911, resulting in significant additional damage, officials say.

Officials also praised neighbors who cleared snow from nearby fire hydrants, allowing firefighters to locate and access them more quickly.


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