Orland Fire Protection District firefighters rescued two residents of an Orland Park home that was heavily damaged by fire on Wednesday morning just before noon.
Firefighters arrived at the home at 7626 Wheeler Drive around 11:50 am to find the home consumed by fire and heavy black smoke.
The two residents were treated for burns and smoke inhalation at the scene and then taken to Palos Hospital for care and treatment.
“Fire companies responded quickly to extinguish the main body of fire,” said Fire Chief Ken Brucki.
“The weather was a factor but we were able to establish a water connection. Officials of the Village of Orland Park Public Works were on the scene to assist to ensure there were not water constraints.”
The fire quickly escalated to a Box Alarm, requiring additional resources due to the cold weather, and the extent of the fire itself, Brucki said. Plus, he said, the weather made it more difficult for the fire crews.
The OFPD received assistance from several surrounding communities.
Brucki said the fire was brought under control within 40 minutes and it took about one hour to complete all necessary overhaul, including a careful examination of the home, which sustained heavy damage.
Brucki said the cause of the fire is under investigation.