Gas-line-fed fire damages Elgin home
By Janelle Walker For Sun-Times Media October 2, 2013 9:20AM
Updated: November 4, 2013 12:00PM
ELGIN — A van slipped out of gear while parked in a near-west-side driveway Tuesday evening, hitting the home’s gas meter and igniting a fire that caused $170,000 in damage to the house, authorities said.
The blaze also burned through power lines, causing them to fall and further endangering firefighters. The open gas line fed the fire, which was brought under control once the gas was shut off, according to a release from the Elgin Fire Department.
Firefighters were called to 366 May St. at about 5:45 p.m. The home is just a few blocks from Elgin Fire Station 6, and firefighters arrived four minutes after the blaze was reported.
The van was on fire, and the fire stretched from the van and up the side of the home to its basement, first and second floors, the release said.
Nicor and ComEd were called to control the gas and power. Nicor had to dig up the nearby parkway to shut off gas feeding the blaze. The fire took approximately 90 minutes to bring under control and was completely extinguished after gas service had been cut off, officials said.
Investigators from the fire and police department will investigate the blaze, and an official cause and origin report will be released when the investigation is complete. No residents or firefighters were injured during the fire, the release said.