Chicago Park home damaged by fire |

Chicago Park home damaged by fire

A fire at a Chicago Park residence Sunday caused $25,000 in damages, according to fire officials.

William Collins, 79, a resident of the house off Talking Pines Road, was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital at 7:33 a.m. with chest pains, according to fire logs and Howard Drummond, battalion chief for the Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Protection District. Collins was listed in stable condition Sunday night, a hospital supervising nurse said.

Collins said he and his wife, Rosalie, were first awakened at 4:30 a.m. by a smoke alarm. They thought it was the wood stove, he said, and went back to bed after clearing the smoke.

But the smoke alarm went off again, Collins said. This time, they found the fire, he said. Collins said he tried to put it out himself with a garden hose to save his house, and may have inhaled some smoke.

A water heater may have overheated and ignited the fire at the Talking Pines Road residence, fire officials said Sunday.

The 911 call came at 6:33 a.m., Drummond said. Fire engines arrived at 6:42 a.m. and the fire was contained at 7:20 a.m. he said.

Damage to the home’s basement and part of the first floor was estimated at $25,000, Drummond said.

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