Woman injured in Wilmette house fire
BY KATHY ROUTLIFFE | firstname.lastname@example.org April 8, 2013 8:52AM
Updated: May 12, 2013 6:37AM
WILMETTE — One woman was injured in an early Monday house fire in Wilmette; fire crews from eight other departments responded.
The woman, who paramedics took to Skokie Hospital in critical condition from smoke inhalation, managed to call 911 at 1:11 a.m. from her home at 236 Valley View Drive before lapsing into unconsciousness, Wilmette Deputy Fire Chief Mike McGreal said Monday.
Firefighters found her in the dining room of the house when they arrived five minutes later.
Almost three-dozen firefighters from eight suburban fire departments joined Wilmette Fire Department crews to put out the blaze, McGreal said. That included Winnetka, Glenview Evanston, Northfield, Skokie, Glencoe and Highland Park, as well as crews from Morton Grove, who served as standby in Wilmette fire stations.
Flames had already burst from the front windows of the two story ranch-style house when fire crews arrived, McGreal said.
“Crews got the fire under control quickly, and the rescue was made immediately, but there was significant damage to the building,” he said.
The fire appeared to originate in the front of the house, but its cause and origin are still under investigation, he added.