872 Lombard Street Fire

January 8, 2016 05:05 PM
Emergency response personnel were called this morning at 9:19 for a structure fire at Lombard and Skinner Streets (872 Lombard St). Galesburg Firefighters from the Brooks Street Station arrived to find smoke pouring from the roofline and 2nd level of the 1 1/2 story single family dwelling. This is likely the oldest house in the area built in 1900 and surrounded by 1-story ranch homes.  
These older, balloon-frame structures have short, "knee" walls and angled ceilings on the second floor with open studs (no firestops) running from the basement to the roof. Fire had already extended into the walls on firefighters’ arrival, making it difficult to quickly extinguish the fire. The aerial platform was raised to the front of the house to cut a large hole in the roof. This proved very advantageous to allow the movement of heat and smoke up and out of the structure and facilitated the search for potential victims. The tenants were not at home at the time of the fire, but arrived later. Two dogs were found on the first floor during the secondary search. They had obviously succumbed to smoke inhalation. 
Three hoselines were stretched and two hydrant lines were put into action, as the water main on Lombard Street ruptured when the hydrant was opened. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in approximately 45 minutes. A call-back crew of off-duty Firefighters was called in to Central Station to handle other calls. Water Department personnel were able to isolate the water main leak and about four houses are currently without water until repairs can be made.  
The Fire Department Chaplain, board-up personnel, and Ameren were on-scene. GHAS paramedics evaluated and rehabbed firefighters who went through multiple air bottles. GPD officers helped in controlling access to the scene and with interviews of neighbors.
No injuries have been reported. Fire investigators have determined the area of origin to be in the first floor kitchen. No cause has been announced.  


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