There were no injuries after a multi-family house was damaged by a fire Aug. 29 in the 300 block of North Fifth Street on Geneva’s west side.
The Geneva Fire Department was dispatched at 8:13 p.m. to the home, which had been subdivided into two apartments. Tenants in the second-floor apartment called 911 after seeing smoke coming from the common basement of the house.
Firefighters detected and extinguished a small fire in the basement about 15 minutes after arrival.
The first-floor apartment was vacant, and all of the tenants of the second-floor apartment had evacuated the building before the fire department arrived.
The preliminary cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature, possibly originating from a portable dehumidifier. Damage was limited to the basement storage area with minor smoke damage to the remainder of the building.
Firefighters from Elburn, St. Charles, Batavia, and Elburn assisted Geneva at the scene.
The West Chicago and Fermilab fire departments filled in the Geneva fire stations and responded to additional calls in the community.
Additional support was provided by the Geneva Police Department.