Fire Devastates Historic Hinsdale Home

HINSDALE, IL – A historic Hinsdale home was devastated by a fire on Wednesday afternoon. The DuPage Public Safety Communications Center received a 911 call at 3:23 p.m. from contractors working on a home in the 300 block of East Sixth Street in Hinsdale, the fire department said.

The department said a full fire response was started on the home, which is believed to be one of the oldest in Hinsdale. This response called in the Hinsdale Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, as well as crews from Clarendon Hills, Western Springs and Pleasantview.

Firefighters reported light smoke from the second floor balcony area along the west side of the home, according to the department. Entry was forced into the home, and firefighters conducted a quick interior attack. The department said the fire had spread into the walls and other void spaces in the house.

The department said no one was home at the time of the fire, but contractors told firefighters the homeowner’s dog was still in the house. Crews searched the home and rescued the dog unharmed.

Hinsdale Fire Chief John Giannelli elevated the response to a box alarm and eventually a 3-alarm fire was called, which brought additional fire crews from around the area. The department said a total of 20 fire companies and nearly 100 firefighters responded to the scene.

The fire was extinguished at 8 p.m., and no injuries were reported. The department said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but the damage is extensive. The adjacent homes were not damaged due to the fire.