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Neighbors Alert Family to House Fire

An ignited gas line damaged a house in Orland Park Wednesday morning, but a heads-up from the neighbors spared the family members from injury.

No one was injured Wednesday morning when a gas line along an Orland Park home ignited, damaging the house.

The Orland Fire Protection District was called around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday by a neighbor who said a house on Royal Fox Hunt Drive had caught fire, according to a release from the district.

The neighbor also alerted residents within the house at the time, and they were able to leave before anyone was hurt.

Gas flow to the house had caught fire, which led to flames moving within and alongside the house, according to Orland Fire Chief Ken Brucki. The fire itself did not take long to extinguish, though firefighters had to wait about 45 minutes for the gas to be shut off before they could safely enter the house and quell the flames, Brucki said.

“That was sharp on the neighbor’s part,” Brucki said. “They were awoken by their neighbors’ alarm.”

Firefighters were able to extinguish flames that reached the attic, and were able to salvage family property, according to the release. Twenty four Orland firefighters handled the blaze, and had it under control in about 20 minutes, according to the district.

The fire’s cause is still under investigation.

“We know storms went through before it happened, but it doesn’t appear to have been caused by electrical activity,” Brucki said. “There also is nothing indicating foul play.”

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