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Kitchen fire causes $150K to Crystal Lake home

Firefighters extinguish a house fire in the 4900 block of Kenneth Drive in Crystal Lake Tuesday evening. | Photo: Alex Vucha.

A Crystal Lake home was left uninhabitable after a kitchen fire caused $150,000 in damage Tuesday evening, fire officials said.

The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded around 6:23 p.m. Tuesday to  the 4900 block of Kenneth Drive for a report of a structure fire.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated two minutes later to bring additional fire crews to the scene following reports of smoke and flames seen from the home.

The first arriving unit reported heavy fire coming from the first floor, according to Crystal Lake Deputy Fire Chief Chris Olsen.

Fire crews discovered a fire on the first floor that originated in the kitchen. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and began checking to see if it extended elsewhere into the home, Olsen said.

The fire was declared under control in approximately 25 minutes after firefighters arrived. There were no injuries to anyone, Olsen said.

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The house sustained fire, smoke and water damage, leaving the home uninhabitable. Damage is estimated at approximately $150,000 to the structure and contents.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by Crystal Lake, Cary and Algonquin fire investigators, though it appears to be accidental, Olsen said.

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Barrington-Countryside, Carpentersville, Cary, Huntley, Marengo, McHenry Township, Nunda Rural, Union, West Dundee, Wonder Lake and Woodstock fire departments assisted at the scene along with Crystal Lake police and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.


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