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Fire in vacant home shuts down Plainfield roadway

Plainfield firefighters extinguish a fire at the 14200 block of Van Dyke Road.
Plainfield firefighters extinguish a fire at the 14200 block of Van Dyke Road.

A section of Van Dyke Road was shut down Thursday afternoon as firefighters worked to put out a fire at a vacant house in Plainfield.

About 4:50 p.m. Thursday, firefighters with the Plainfield Fire Protection District responded to a blaze that occurred at a vacant single-story home in the 14200 block of Van Dyke Road.

Van Dyke Road was shut down between 135th and 143rd streets in response to the fire, Plainfield police said.

Plainfield Fire Chief Jon Stratton said the road was shut down because firefighters needed access to a nearby fire hydrant.

Stratton said that when firefighters approached the house, they noticed smoke coming from the back side of the building. He said the fire reportedly started outside the home.

He said nobody was home at the time of the blaze, which was extinguished within 15 minutes. He said the estimated cost of damage to the home is $30,000.

Stratton said before the fire occurred, the owner of the home was possibly working on some plumbing issues.

He said the fire’s cause is under investigation.

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