Almost $3,000 has been raised to help a family of four who lost their entire house, belongings and family dog in a fire in Cary Friday evening.
The Cary Fire Protection District responded around 10:53 p.m. Friday to the 9400 block of 3rd Avenue in Cary for a report of a residential structure fire.
Firefighters arrived within five minutes and found a small single-story residence fully engulfed with flames and smoke showing from all sides, Cary Fire Protection District Spokesman Alex Vucha said.
Vucha said the area lacks fire hydrants and a coordinated effort began to transport water to the scene.
Water supply operations were established at the intersection of Klasen Road and 3rd Avenue.
Firefighters quickly pulled hose lines and brought the fire under control within 20 minutes.
Overhaul and investigation continued for an additional two hours after the fire was extinguished.
Four people reside in the home, which was unoccupied when the fire began, Vucha said.
The home is considered a complete loss and initial damage estimates are believed to be $200,000.
A family dog was unaccounted for following the incident, Vucha said. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.
Initial investigations indicate the fire began in the rear of the home.
The fire is not believed to be suspicious in nature but remains under investigation by the Cary Fire Protection District.
Firefighters from Fox River Grove, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Nunda Rural, Barrington-Countryside and Wauconda assisted at the scene and covered Cary’s fire station.
Matthew Spears, who is a relative of the residents who live across the street from where the fire occurred, created a GoFundMe account to assist the Barajos family.
Spears said the family of four, who has two children ages 12 and 15, lost everything in the fire.
“Whatever you can do to help would make a world of difference to this family. If you cannot donate monetarily, please consider donating supplies and clothing. If you have old clothes to get rid of, please reach out and we can setup an arrangement to meet to pick them up,” Spears said.
The account has raised nearly $3,000 in two days, with a goal of $5,000.