Fire officials say residents were displaced from their house in Lake in the Hills after it was left with $350,000 in damage due to a fire Friday morning.
The Huntley Fire Protection District responded around 5 a.m. to a report of a structure fire in the 0-100 block of Raxburg Court in Lake in the Hills.
Police and firefighters arrived to find a two-story home with smoke and flames showing from the front of the residence.
Huntley Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Fortunato said crews completed an initial fire attack utilizing a hose line from their engine and secured water from a nearby fire hydrant.
Firefighters were unable to immediately confirm that all occupants were out of the building.
A search was immediately initiated in conjunction with the fire attack, Fortunato said. The search was completed and no occupants were found.
The police department was able to confirm that the occupants were accounted for and safe at a neighbor’s home.
All occupants were able to self-evacuate prior to the fire department’s arrival.
A secondary search also confirmed that the home was clear of all occupants.
Fortunato said the main body of the fire was in the attached garage and spread to the first floor of the home.
The fire did not extend beyond the home and was brought under control quickly.
Overhaul was completed to confirm the fire had not spread beyond the garage and first floor.
Heavy smoke damage was found throughout the house, Fortunato said.
Two vehicles located in the driveway suffered damage due to exposure to the fire from the garage.
No injuries were reported at the time of the fire and family pets were safely removed, Fortunato said.
The home, which has been deemed uninhabitable, was equipped with working smoke detectors.
Firefighters from Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove, Hampshire, Woodstock and Marengo either responded to the scene to assist or covered calls in Huntley.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the initial loss estimate to the structure and contents is $350,000, Fortunato said.