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UPDATE: Garage Fire Breaks Out During Firefighters' Silent Parade

The fire was reported around 7 p.m., at the same time the traditional procession honoring fire victims moved through town.

Updated Saturday at 11:26 a.m.

At the same time the was honoring firefighters and civilians who have died in fires with a traditional silent parade Friday night, they were called into action when a garage fire was reported at 15 N. Adams St. around 7 p.m.

According to Hinsdale Chief Michael Kelly, the fire ignited at a time when none of the house's residents were home and was totally contained in the garage. It was extinguished quickly, Kelly said, and as of 7:30 p.m. crews on the scene were investigating the cause, which was unknown.

Firefighter/paramedic Mike Neville, who worked the fire Friday night, said Saturday that the homeowners were having remodeling work done on the house and that construction materials in the garage set to be disposed of—including sawdust, sanding products, used rags and old plumbing materials—appear to have caught on fire.

Neville said more investigation by the fire department and the homeowner's insurance company needs to take place before the cause can be officially released. 

Kelly did said Friday the fire looked to be accidental in nature. Firefighters from Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Western Springs, Oak Brook, LaGrange Park, and Pleasantview fire protection district were on hand. 

Clarendon Hills Fire Chief Brian Leahy was the first on the scene.

Kelly said the silent parade is in its 17th year honoring civilians and firefighters who have died in fires. The convoy of fire vehicles flashing their lights silently begins in Hinsdale and goes through Clarendon Hills, Westmont and Downers Grove before ending in Lisle.

"It's unusual to have this type of situation during another event, but occasionally it happens," Kelly said.

Editor's Note: This article previously placed the fire at 15 S. Adams St. The fire was in fact at 15 N. Adams St. Patch regrets the error. 

William Schweitzer October 17, 2011 at 08:29 PM
The fire was at 15 North Adams, not south.
Joe O'Donnell (Editor) October 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM
Thanks for the comment, William. You are correct and the article has been corrected. I apologize for the error.

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