Chicory Ridge family escapes injury in house fire but not damage


Javier and Nicole Arellano family, who suffered a house fire in the early hours of April 26

Just after midnight on Tuesday, April 26,2022, firefighters from Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department (HRFD) were dispatched to the Tarragon Court cul-de-sac in Roscoe, off Chicory Ridge Way, to the home of Javier and Nicole Arellano and their four children. Soon they activated a MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) Box 2nd Alarm, summoning nearby fire departments to assist. Several hours later, MABAS was activated again, this time by the Rockton Fire Department, for a house fire on Ferry Street.

When firefighters arrived, they found the family safely outside, but the fire had penetrated through the back of the home up through the roof line. A HRFD spokesman says, "Firefighters made an aggressive attack and were able to knock the fire down fairly quick." Inside the house, they had to pull down ceilings to reach the whole fire.

Fire Chief Don Shoevlin reports, "The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but appears to be electrical from a hot tub on the rear patio." 

On the website Meal Train, Jennifer Thibodeau reports "their home is no longer livable." Besides the roof, one level of the tri level home - the back section - was destroyed. Through the website, friends and neighbors are signing up to provide meals for the family. For the first few days, the menu will include pizza and salad, chorizo and egg tacos, PR Rice, baked mostaccioli and brownies. 

There are still many opportunities to contribute or to sign up for meals. The family are not picky eaters, but some of their favorite restaurants are Culvers, Chilis, Beef-a-Roo, any of the local pizza places, Panera, and McDonald's. They enjoy pasta, chicken, tacos, and pizza.

Click on the photo below to view a photo gallery by HRFD photographer Sheryl Drost.

The fire went through the roof.
Firefighters made an aggressive attack and were able to knock the fire down fairly quick.
Lt. Sam McNames knocks down fire coming from the peak of the roof.
Firefighters work inside to pull ceilings to get to all the fire.
Lt. Chris Witcik checks in with the Operations Chief BC Briggs after helping to overhaul the ceiling inside.
Shot from the rear of the home, the scene lights lit up the smoke.
A firefighter is in silhouette as he works on the overhaul the rear of the home.
Engineer Marty Green and Firefighter Rob Lukowski work on filling air bottles.
Deputy Chief John Bergeron was Incident Command and kept track of everyone on scene.
Fire Chief Don Shoevlin
A view from the rear of the home as they start to investigate the area around the hot tub.
Battalion Chief John Donovan and Fire Chief Don Shoevlin investigating the cause of the fire.
Firefighters start to rack the fire hose that was used at the fire.
Firefighters work together to rack the hose line that was used at the fire.
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