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Deer Park home damaged by fire on Christmas Day, fire chief says

File Photo | Lake Zurich Fire Department.

A Christmas Day fire left a Deer Park home with $10,000 in damage while firefighters were able to save $400,000 worth of property, officials said.

The Lake Zurich Fire Department responded around 8:39 a.m. Wednesday to the 0-100 block of Wehrheim Road in Deer Park for an inside smoke investigation.

The first fire units arrived within four minutes and reported a light amount of smoke coming from the front eaves and wall of the home, Lake Zurich Fire Chief John Malcom said.

The homeowners discovered the smoke and safely exited the home before calling 911. Firefighters quickly deployed a hose line and within minutes were able to bring the fire under control, Malcom said.

Responding personnel contained the fire to the front wall near the front door of the home. The fire appears to have originated near an outside light and outlet, Malcom said.

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The residence sustained some fire and smoke damage with preliminary estimates of $10,000 in damage and $400,000 in property and contents saved, Malcom said. Despite the damage, the resident was able to remain in their home.

The Lake Zurich Fire Department was assisted by the Palatine Rural, Wheeling and Mundelein fire departments.

“The Lake Zurich Fire Department would like to remind residents to have working smoke detectors and prepare with an escape plan from the house,” officials said.


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