House Badly Damaged in Fire on Spruce Drive

Neighboring departments from New Lenox, Tinley Park and Mokena helped fight a single-family home fire on Monday night in Frankfort. No one was injured.

No one was hurt in a fire that badly damaged a single-family home at 19949 S. Spruce Dr. in Frankfort on Monday, Jan. 2.

It took about one hour for firefighters to completely extinguish the flames that likely started in the lower back of the home at 4:59 p.m. and spread to the front, Battalion Chief Nick Peters said.

All five members of the Chudzik family were home during the fire and escaped without injury, Peters said.

READ: Want to Help the Chudzik Family After the Fire? Here's How

Firefighters from Mokena, New Lenox and Tinley Park assisted with a two-point attack on the front and rear entrances of the home.

Through charred openings in front of the house, investigators could be seen surveying the home — the yellow letters of their jackets floating against blackened rooms.

Peters described the inside of the home as "completely gutted" and said the family had made preparations to stay elsewhere.

Investigators believed the fire started in the lower living area of the house, though the cause remained under investigation as of 9 p.m. on Monday.

Updated—9:20 p.m.

get real January 03, 2012 at 04:37 AM
our prayers and thoughts go to our good friends.
Joe Vince January 03, 2012 at 04:17 PM
@get real: Do you know if anything is being done to help these residents out? If so, I'd like to post something that tells people how they can help. If you have details, e-mail me at joev@patch.com. Thanks, Joe Vince Local editor, Frankfort
Joe Vince January 04, 2012 at 04:37 PM
ATTENTION FINANCIAL EXPERTS: Does anyone know how to start up a charitable trust fund through a bank? People who want to help the Chudziks want to start a trust, but they're having trouble doing that. Anyone willing to give advice and tips on the best way to do this? Post here with your contact info or e-mail me at joev@patch.com. I'll pass your name along. Any help is much appreciated. Joe Vince Local editor, Frankfort


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