Braidwood gets help in fighting Custer Park fire

The Braidwood Fire Protection District responded to a structure fire at on West River Rd., Custer Park on Saturday, Feb. 3 around 9:45 p.m.
The first firefighters to arrive found a two-story residential home with heavy smoke and fire conditions showing.
Since the home is in a rural area without nearby fire hydrants, BFD called for assistance from surround departments to help transport water.
“We were immediately assisted by numerous other automatic aid agencies in addition to Braidwood resources,” noted Fire Chief Chris Jude in a press release.
“Arriving firefighters immediately began fire suppression and upgraded the level of response for additional personnel and resources. Given the amount of fire, the alarm was escalated a second time to request additional water resources and manpower.”
The chief said the property was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no civilians nor firefighters were injured.
Other structures on the property were not involved in the fire.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Braidwood Fire Protection District and the MABAS Division 15 Fire Investigation Team.
The Braidwood Fire Protection District was assisted by Wilmington, Coal City and numerous other fire departments and resources.
“We are grateful for each agency and resource that responded to assist,” the chief said.