Burn pile ignites, destroys pool house | TheUnion.com

Burn pile ignites, destroys pool house

A smoldering pile of debris ignited early Monday morning and destroyed a pool house in the Chicago Park area, prompting fire officials to warn of the dangers of unattended burn piles.

A homeowner on the 19000 block of Mockingbird Way called 911 at 2:18 a.m. Monday to report that the hot burn pile, which had been left unattended overnight, had spread to a nearby outbuilding.

Firefighters from the Ophir Hill Fire Protection District and the Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Protection District responded and doused the blaze, which had scorched half an acre of vegetation and destroyed the nearby 500-square-feet pool house, said Ophir Hill FPD Capt. Tucker Eslinger.

The homeowners told fire investigators they thought the burn pile had been extinguished before they went to bed, he said.

“We think the wind picked up during the night, and it was rekindled,” Eslinger said. “As far as the fire department is concerned, we strongly suggest people make sure their fire is dead out before leaving it.”

In addition to thoroughly soaking the smoldering area with “copious amounts” of water, residents should stir the ashes up and continue to douse with water until the heat has dissipated, Eslinger said.

The fire department is continuing its investigation of the fire, and officials have not decided whether they will cite the homeowners, Eslinger said.


To contact Staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail rmoormeister@theunion.com or call 477-4236.

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