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Family displaced after fire leaves Crystal Lake home uninhabitable

Firefighters extinguish a house fire in the 1500 block of Candlewood Drive in Crystal Lake around 5:15 p.m. Thursday | Photo: Alex Vucha.

A house fire in Crystal Lake Thursday evening caused approximately $80,000 in damage and displaced a family, fire officials said.

The Crystal Lake Police Department and Crystal Lake Fire Rescue responded around 5:11 p.m. Thursday to the 1500 block of Candlewood Drive for a report of a structure fire.

Fire crews arrived to find smoke coming from the roof. Two occupants were home at the time of the fire and escaped safely before calling 911.

A fire was discovered on the second floor which had originated in a bedroom, according to Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Chief Paul DeRaedt.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and began checking to see if the fire extended into the attic. The fire was declared under control in approximately 20 minutes after firefighters arrived, DeRaedt said.

“Although the fire damage was contained to the area in and around the bedroom where the fire was discovered, the home did sustain smoke and water damage to a larger area of the home, leaving the home uninhabitable,” DeRaedt said.

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Damage to the structure and its contents is estimated at approximately $80,000. The American Red Cross is providing assistance to the family with shelter and other needs.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and remains under investigation by Crystal Lake fire investigators, DeRaedt said.

There were no injuries to any residents or firefighters. Firefighters from McHenry, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills and Huntley assisted at the scene.


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