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Aurora apartment blaze forces out couple but is kept from spreading to other units

Updated: February 22, 2013 6:22AM


Aurora firemen prevented a second-floor apartment deck fire Sunday from spreading to other units within an eight-unit apartment complex, fire officials said.

Firefighters were dispatched at 11:36 a.m. to 2149 Walcott Road, where the “misuse of smoking materials” on a wood deck ignited a chair and then spread up the side of the building and into the eaves of the structure, officials said.

“The fire was going into the attic, but because firemen widened the hole and applied water, it was knocked down,” Battalion Fire Chief Steven Malatia said.

No one was hurt, although the tenant tried to extinguish the fire by himself. “The tenant tried to splash water on the fire but couldn’t put it out — there was enough wind out there to keep it going.”

Malatia said all tenants were evacuated safely, and the fire was extinguished within 20 minutes. The blaze was caused $45,000 damage to the building and $2,000 to the contents, officials said. A young couple who lived in the unit could not return to their apartment.


A Batavia police officer had to euthanize a severely injured deer struck by a car early Saturday morning in the 1700 block of South Randall Road, police said.

David A. Okerblad, 25, of the 300 block of South Harrison Street, Batavia, turned himself in to police Saturday on two warrants for failure to appear in court on drunken driving charges and another for giving/selling liquor to a minor, police said.

Brian K. Granger, 45, of the 400 block of Madison Street, Batavia, was charged about 6 p.m. Wednesday with aggravated assault of a police officer at his home, Batavia police said. Granger also was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, police said.

LaSalle County

Joshua L. Spence, 30, of LaSalle was charged Friday night with drunken driving in the 1500 block of Route 6, Ottawa, the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department said. He also was charged with speeding.

Kendall County

Mary K. Carlson, 32, of the 1400 block of Plainfield Road, Oswego, was charged at 1:19 a.m. Saturday with drunken driving and having alcohol in the vehicle near Plainfield and Collins roads in Oswego Township, Kendall County sheriff’s deputies said.

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