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Manhattan Fire Protection District | 100 Park Road P.O. Box 65 | Manhattan, IL 60442

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Manhattan Fire Protection District Responds to Residential Structure Fire

Posted February 4, 2024

(February 4, 2024) Peotone, IL – At approximately 11:37 AM, the Manhattan Fire Protection District (MFPD) was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire on the 300 block of West Street in Peotone.

The first units arrived on the scene within 3 minutes of the initial call for service. Fire crews reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the kitchen of a small one-story residential structure. A full still was activated for additional personnel and equipment. Firefighters quickly established a water supply and fire attack. The initial fire company began an aggressive interior attack of the fire and searched for any occupants. Bystanders on the scene reported that all occupants were out of the home, however the family’s dog was missing. Fire companies were able to locate the dog inside the building and attempted to resuscitate it, however, their efforts were unsuccessful.

“With great sympathy, we ultimately could not save the families beloved companion,” stated MFPD Deputy Chief, David Piper. “The Manhattan Fire Protec􀆟on District would like to take this opportunity to remind our residence of the importance of having working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.”

Having an escape plan, practicing it, and being prepared to use it in the event of a fire should be down at least twice a year. It is essential that during an emergency do not delay exiting the house to search for pets or other belongings. When calling 911, especially from a cell phone, know the address and town you are calling from to make sure first responders are sent to the correct location.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the MABAS 19 Investigators.

Additional units were requested from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (M.A.B.A.S.) Division 19 which brought more equipment to the scene and station coverage. The incident had over thirty- two firefighters, five Fire Chiefs, six engines, and two trucks to the scene from Manhattan, Monee, Beecher, Frankfort, Manteno, and New Lenox Fire Protection Districts’.

Mokena, University Park, East Joliet, and Channahon Fire Protection Districts covered the station during the fire and responded to two ambulance calls during the incident.