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Fire reignites at home near downtown Naperville

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A house near downtown Naperville that caught fire early Monday morning caught fire again Monday afternoon, with flames seen shooting out of the attic.

A man identified as the brother of the homeowner was on the scene, at 115 N. Huffman St., assessing the earlier damage when the fire flared up again at approximately 3:17 p.m., and he reported it.

"We had some hot spots that we couldn't get to earlier. That's what brought us out here again," Naperville Fire Department Capt. Phil DeMik said.

Firefighters at about 3:25 p.m. raised an aerial ladder to extinguish the visible fire, which took about 10 minutes. After a pause for a few minutes, the hoses began again. The 100 block North Huffman Street was closed off while the responders attended to the flareup.

The man who owns the property lived alone in the wood-frame house, in an area just east of Naperville's historic district, and was away throughout the incident.

The fire first tore through the structure around midnight. At 12:10 a.m., a caller reported flames coming from the roof and second floor of the 2 1/2-story home. When the first of an eventual 14 vehicles arrived, firefighters found the home in flames on all levels. After a neighbor reported that no one was at home, they began working aggressively to extinguish the blaze, using hose lines to ensure it did not expand to the adjacent houses. The fire was deemed under control at 12:35 a.m.

Crews had remained at the site until about 5 a.m., Sander said, hunting for remaining hot spots and assisting investigators.

Authorities said the first blaze caused an estimated $300,000 worth of damage and left the structure uninhabitable. The afternoon resurgence finalized the destruction.

"It's a total loss," Deputy Chief Rick Sander said.

DeMik said determining the cause of the original blaze and the apparent flareup would likely take at least two days. The homeowner's brother declined to comment on what he found or saw inside the house as the fire became active again, but investigators do not suspect foul play.

In addition to the Naperville Fire Department, assistance during the earlier incident came from the city's Police, Electric and Transportation and Engineering departments, in addition to NICOR. Neighboring departments from Aurora and Bolingbrook and fire protection districts from Plainfield, Warrenville and Lisle-Woodridge provided backup for the Naperville responders while they fought the fire.

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