GODFREY — Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a residential group home for people with disabilities early Tuesday morning.
In a press release, Chief Erik Kambarian said firefighters responded with two engine companies and a chief unit to a report at 3:40 a.m. of smoke in a residence at 903 Robert Drive in Godfrey. Upon arrival, Assistant Chief Ed McBride confirmed a working structure fire at a one-story residence with moderate smoke coming from the roof. Additional off-duty Godfrey firefighters were paged to the scene and the Fosterburg Fire Department was requested to the scene with an engine company.
Firefighters confirmed all occupants were out of the structure and initiated an interior attack, locating fire on the main floor and attic space. The fire was knocked down with approximately 500 gallons of water and declared under control within 30 minutes of arrival. Significant fire damage occurred in the attic space and first-floor bathroom. The area of origin appears to be the first-floor bathroom. Smoke damage was moderate throughout the home. The house is currently unsuitable for occupancy.
This structure is a residential group home or CILA, community integrated living arrangement, that houses three adults with developmental disabilities. As such, it is inspected on a regular basis by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal and regulated by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Two caregivers were on duty at the time of the fire and successfully evacuated the residents without injury. Godfrey firefighters were able to retrieve important documentation and medications during operations. The fire department also contacted the Red Cross to provide assistance.
More information on residential group homes is available at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=47487.
The home is valued at approximately $150,000. The initial property and content loss is valued at $60,000. The fire remains under investigation.
The Red Cross helped three adults of the group home with food, clothing and shelter.