NORMAL – A fire in Ironwood Subdivision claimed the lives of two dogs and heavily damaged half of a duplex home.
Normal Fire Department responded at 11:14 a.m. to a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor reporting smoke coming from the home at 713 Clairidge Country Club Green, a two-story duplex. The caller reported that there may be two dogs inside, and that the homeowner was not home.
Firefighters arrived a few minutes later and confirmed there was a working fire, forced entry into the home to begin search and rescue efforts and to fight the fire. Fire was located on the main level of the home near the kitchen. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in about ten minutes and then worked to ventilate the heat and smoke from the home. Meanwhile, search and rescue crews located and rescued two unresponsive dogs from inside the home. Firefighters began delivering medical oxygen with pet masks and performed chest compressions to try to stimulate breathing. Both dogs were carried to a Normal Fire Department ambulance, where life-saving measures were continued. NFD transported both dogs to Town and Country Animal Hospital, where veterinary staff was ready to administer care when the ambulance arrived. Despite all efforts by firefighters and veterinary staff, neither dog survived.
“Even though there was very little visible damage from the outside, there was a significant fire with a lot of heat and smoke inside. As tightly as homes are built nowadays, it can take a while for smoke to be visible from the outside of the home,” said Fire Chief Mick Humer. “If you think you smell smoke or hear smoke alarms sounding from a neighbors house, please don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 so we can check it out”.
There was heavy fire damage in the main level near the kitchen and heavy smoke damage throughout the entire home. Windows were damaged during ventilation efforts and there was some water damage as well.
The homeowner was not home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries reported to firefighters at the scene.
The home is insured and adjusters are working to determine a damage estimate. The other half of the duplex was not affected.
Normal Fire Department Investigators are working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.
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