Photographer John Tulipano took a few images of a house fire on May both in St. Charles, IL. Here’s John’s description below. View more photos on John’s website.Â
“At approximatelyÂ 23:45Â on May 30th,2015 St Charles was dispatched to a reported fire at 1742 Cumberland Green with possible people trapped. Fire arriving Eng 102 reported heavy fire from the second floor of a (10) unit 2 Story frame (condo/apartment complex) and a person hanging off a balcony. Engine 102 rescued one person from the 2nd floor balcony and found a second subject in a wheel chair in a first floor bedroom.Â Companies made a very quick knock down of the fire with no extension to attached units. Fire was well under control when I arrived, one civilian was transported and another was treated on scene”.
“Firefighters responded at 11:47 p.m. to the 1700 block of Cumberland Green Drive in St. Charles, where they found “heavy fire conditions” and an older man confined to a wheelchair unable to get out of a bedroom, while his son was “hanging over the balcony” struggling for help, Schelstreet said.
“Heavy smoke was pushing over him from the sliding glass doors â€” the father was still in the building,” Schelstreet said.
“Schelstreet said the fire started on the second floor and was contained to the bedroom level. Some of the building’s other residents already had evacuated, he said, and firemen put the fire out in about 30 minutes. There were no other injuries, and the cause remained under investigation.
A neighbor two doors down in the same building was startled Sunday morning to see a blue tarp draped across the exterior of her neighbor’s unit.
“I just hope everybody is OK. If someone was hanging over the balcony, the fire had to be pretty intense,” the neighbor said.
The townhome is part of the Cumberland Green Cooperative, an affordable housing development and nonprofit owned by the residents, according to its website.The complex, north of Division Street and west of Kirk Road on the east side of St. Charles, includes about 25 buildings spanning two blocks, with eight units per building. The fire broke out in one of the buildings at the southern end.