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Fire causes $100K in damage, leaves Antioch home uninhabitable

Firefighters extinguish a house fire in the 200 block of Main Street in Antioch near the state line Thursday morning | Photo provided by the Antioch Fire Department.

A fire caused approximately $100,000 in damage and left an Antioch home uninhabitable Thursday morning, fire officials said.

The Antioch Fire Department responded around 11:10 a.m. Thursday to the 200 block of North Main Street, which is just south of the state line, for a report of a structure fire.

Firefighters arrived in three minutes and found a large amount of fire coming from the windows and heavy smoke pouring out of the single-story residence.

Antioch Fire Chief Jon Cokefair said that the residents were not home at the time of the fire and no pets were inside.

Firefighters forced entry to the home and applied water to the fire, which was extinguished within 20 minutes. Crews remained at the scene for an hour to ensure the fire was completely out.

“This fire was on the north side of the Canadian National railroad tracks and had there been a freight train at the time, the response would have been slowed and the outcome would have been more severe,” Cokefair said.

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The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Firefighters from Salem Lakes, Wisconsin, Lake Villa and Round Lake assisted at the scene. Firefighters from Waukegan, Great Lakes, Grayslake, Spring Grove and Bristol, Wisconsin assisted with covering calls for Antioch.


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