Firefighters at the Orland Fire Protection District’s Station 5 at 8851 W. 143rd St. did not have far to go when responding to a house fire on Saturday.
The firefighters were conducting their afternoon exercises inside the firehouse about 2:50 p.m. Saturday when they smelled something burning outside.
The firefighters rushed outside and observed smoke coming from a home less than one block west of the firehouse.
Engine 5 and an ambulance were immediately dispatched and arrived at the home at 9005 Kathy Court just as the homeowner was calling 911 to report the fire in his home.
Firefighters arriving at the scene could see fire coming from the home’s attached garage.
All the occupants of the home including all their family pets were able to escape to safety, with treatment for smoke inhalation provided to three of the family members. All three declined transport to a local hospital and were reported in good condition.
The fire was brought under control in less than five minutes and a search of the house revealed everyone was able to get out of the house safely.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Orland was assisted by Palos Fire Protection District and Tinley Park at the scene, while Lemont, Crestwood, Oak Forest, Matteson, Northwest Homer, Palos Heights, and New Lenox provided station coverage.