No injuries in Winnetka house fire
Updated: December 23, 2012 6:20AM
WINNETKA — No one was injured in an early Thursday morning house fire on the 800 block of Bryant Avenue in Winnetka.
Crews from 11 different agencies responded to the home at 807 Bryant Avenue. A water plant operator called fire and police officials about 3:40 a.m. after smelling smoke in the area.
“The fire was very well hidden,” Winnetka Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky said. “You couldn’t see it from the outside and it was mostly in the back of the house. Upon arrival we found heavy fire in the back of the house.”
Berkowsky said the home was under construction and the family had intended to move into the residence in December.
“Construction was pretty far along,” Berkowsky said. “It’s a significant setback to the family.”
Fire officials believe the blaze started in the home’s basement and said the cause remains under investigation. Nobody was inside the home at the time of the fire.
“When we got inside, the first floor was fully involved,” Berkowsky said. “When crews got inside they found no floor from the fire burning from the basement up to the first floor.”
Berkowsky said one of the homeowners came to the site to inspect the damage, and he estimated the fire was fully contained by 5 a.m.
Crews from Wilmette, Glencoe, Northfield and Deerfield were among those assisting the Winnetka Fire Department.