Berwyn home suffers severe damage in dryer fire

BERWYN – A Berwyn home was significantly damaged by a fire the evening of April 15.

The Berwyn Fire Department received a 911 call reporting the fire at 8:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of Home Avenue, Berwyn Fire Chief Denis O'Halloran said.

When units arrived, they saw light smoke coming from the front door, which the residents had opened. In walking around the home, a lieutenant discovered heavy fire coming from the basement area in the back of the home, O'Halloran said.

The fire caused extensive damage in the basement and also spread to the kitchen area, damaging the first floor as well, he said.

There were three occupants in the home at the time of the fire, and they each escaped without injury, O'Halloran said. No firefighter injuries were reported.

While the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, it was related to a dryer in the basement that was in use at the time, he said.

While the Fire Department does not provide damage estimates, O'Halloran said the damage was "significant."

Berwyn firefighters were assisted on the scene by the North Riverside Fire Department, he said.

O'Halloran said homes are required to have smoke detectors on every level. Firefighters could not locate a detector in the basement, and the first-floor alarm did not activate, he said.