OTTAWA — Multiple fire departments responded to Ottawa for where two houses caught fire following a possible explosion Friday night.

Ottawa fire was called to the 1600 block of Chestnut Street shortly before 9:30 p.m. Friday for a reported structure fire. Emergency vehicles swarmed to the corner of Chestnut Street and Norris Drive where first responders worked the scene on the two homes.

A resident at 1603 Chestnut St., Jonathan Six, said he was in his bedroom when he heard what sounded like an explosion from next door.

“It shook the whole house,” he said. “You could see it through the window. It was like, ‘What was that?’”

Six and his fellow residents were able to get out of the home unscathed. Ottawa fire chief Andy Borkowski said no residents suffered fire related injuries, such as burns or smoke inhalation. However, one patient was transported to an area hospital.

Borkowski said the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire along with Ottawa police and fire departments. He said a report on the fire was not available as of Monday morning.

Firefighters were on scene until about 2:45 a.m. Saturday. Wallace, Naplate and Streator fire departments helped at the scene, and Grand Ridge backed Ottawa’s station. Utica EMS and Ottawa police responded to the scene as well.

Brett Herrmann can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or Follow him on Twitter @NT_SpringValley.


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