Working smoke alarms are credited with alerting 8 occupants inside a townhome to an early morning fire allowing them to safely escape. At 3:03 A.M. on Saturday, April 14th the Plainfield Fire Protection District responded to a 9-1-1 call for a house fire in the 16700 block of Hazelwood Drive. The fire was extinguished at 4:11 A.M. The fire caused considerable damage to the end unit townhome and the neighboring townhome had some smoke damage. The unit that had the fire is uninhabitable and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The following Fire Departments and Fire Districts assisted with fighting the fire: Lockport, Minooka, Oswego and Troy. Providing station coverage for Plainfield Fire Protection District during the firefighting operation were Bolingbrook, Channahon and Naperville.

A fire sprinkler system is credited with extinguishing a fire in the restroom at the Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop, 14120 S. Route 30. On Tuesday, April 3rd at 12:21 P.M. the Plainfield Fire Protection District responded to a fire alarm for this business. While in route to the fire a 9-1-1 call came in advising that there was a fire in the business. Upon arrival firefighters found a fire sprinkler head within a restroom activated and it had extinguished a small fire that left some burn marks on the wall. It is estimated that $350,000 was saved due to the fire sprinkler system extinguishing the fire and making it possible for the business to remain open. The fire sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading and causing extensive damage to the building and its contents as well as preventing anyone from getting injured by the fire.

For more information about smoke alarms and fire sprinkler systems please contact the Plainfield Fire Protection District at 815-436-5335 or visit our web site at You may also visit the National Fire Protection Association web page on smoke alarms at For more information about fire sprinklers visit the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board web site at or the National Fire Protection Association web page about residential fire sprinklers at