GODFREY | Godfrey Fire responded with two engine companies to a report of a possible explosion in a residence at 729 Jackson Lane in Godfrey. Upon arrival, Assistant Chief Eric Cranmer confirmed a working structure fire at a one story residence with heavy fire and smoke showing.
Mutual aid was requested from Brighton and Fosterburg as well as assistance from off-duty Godfrey personnel. A water supply was quickly established for the initial fire attack but the water main serving the hydrant on Jackson Lane suffered a failure leading to loss of water supply.
Fosterburg responded with their engine to the next street over, Ramona Place, and manually laid hundreds of feet of supply line through yards to re-establish a supply. Tankers from Godfrey and Brighton responded as a contingency.
One male occupant was transported to a local hospital by Lifestar EMS to be evaluated for minor burns and smoke inhalation from trying to re-enter the house to retrieve pets. Two dogs and a turtle were rescued by firefighters while two dogs perished and one cat is missing.
GFPD provided the home owners with an “After the Fire” information packet and respectfully handled the remains of the deceased family pets. The property is considered a total loss at $75,000 and content loss is valued at $50,000. Crews were on scene all night and the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal was requested for assistance in the investigation.
GFPD and OSFM are currently investigating with an area of origin near a natural gas furnace and water heater. Illinois-American Water also responded to repair the damaged water main.