Cooking is believed to be the cause of the fire that broke out in the second-story unit of the three-story apartment complex at 108 Douglas Avenue. Fire officials said they found the kitchen fully engulfed in flames after responding to the blaze about 11:30 p.m. and found Jones unconscious in another room, according to the article.
Jones had a 16-year-old son, Jelani McClain — a Naperville North student and varsity basketball player — who also lived at the complex but was not home at the time of the fire, according to the Naperville Sun.
Friends of McClain, Naperville North sophomores Daniel Armas and A.G. Bankole, recalled Jones as someone who could make others laugh and who was devoted to her son, according to the Naperville Sun. They said Jones and McClain moved to Naperville about 18 months ago from Downers Grove, according to the article.
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The above information was updated on March 22 at 8 a.m.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: A woman was killed in a fire that broke out in a Naperville apartment building late Thursday night.
Firefighters responded to the three-story apartment building at 108 Douglas Ave. after receiving 911 calls at 11:33 p.m. Thursday for reports of smoke and fire coming from an apartment building.
Crews found smoke coming out of a second-floor window and began an aggressive fire attack and initiated a search of the apartment building. Firefighters found an unconscious woman in a second-floor apartment unit where the fire started, according to the news release.
Resuscitative efforts were unsuccessful and the 39-year-old victim was pronounced dead at Edward Hospital, according to press release.
The fire was brought under control within 10 minutes. Crews completed the search, performed ventilation and checked for fire extension.
There was fire and smoke damage on the building’s second and third floors as well as into the attic. The damage to the building is estimated to be about $100,000.
An inspector from Naperville’s Transportation, Engineering and Development (TED) deemed two apartment units uninhabitable until repairs could be made.
No firefighters were injured in the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Naperville Police Department, Naperville’s Emergency Management Agency, the DuPage County Fire Investigation Task Force and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Several surrounding fire departments provided coverage at Naperville’s fire stations during this incident. While providing this stand-by coverage, Lisle-Woodridge and Wheaton fire units responded to two emergency incidents.