Residents were displaced following a kitchen fire that caused heavy damage to a home near Crystal Lake Tuesday evening, fire officials said.
The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department received a call around 5:58 p.m. Tuesday for a structure fire in the 7500 block of Pingree Road in unincorporated Crystal Lake.
Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department Battalion Chief Bill Whyte said the 911 caller reported smoke inside the residence.
The occupants of the structure were able to escape prior to the fire department’s arrival.
Firefighters arrived within six minutes and found smoke coming from the roof of the structure.
Fire crews entered the home and found light smoke conditions and a fire in the kitchen, Whyte said.
A request for mutual aid through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was initiated. The fire was declared under control at 6:18 p.m.
Whyte said the kitchen sustained heavy fire damage and the remainder of the structure sustained heat, smoke, and water damage.
The structure was deemed uninhabitable until cleaning and repairs can be made.
The fire started in the kitchen ceiling and the cause is under investigation. Fire investigators from Crystal Lake are conducting the investigation.
Damage to the structure is estimated at $75,000. There were no injuries to any firefighters.