Fire officials say that residents and pets were able to escape after a fire started in the garage of a home in Algonquin, causing $150,000 in damage Monday evening.
The Huntley Fire Protection District responded around 5:15 p.m. Monday to the 1000 block of Par Drive in Algonquin for a report of a structure fire.
Huntley Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Fortunato said firefighters arrived to find a two-story home with smoke showing from the front of the structure.
Fire crews completed an initial fire attack on an attached garage using a hose line from their engine and secured water from a nearby fire hydrant.
The first arriving company officer was able to confirm that all occupants were out of the building, Fortunato said.
A second hose line was deployed inside the house to prevent the fire from extending to the interior of the home.
A search for victims was initiated in conjunction with the fire attack, Fortunato said.
The search was completed and no other occupants were found. All occupants were able to self-evacuate prior to the fire department’s arrival.
The main body of the fire was in the attached garage of the home.
Fortunato said the fire did not extend beyond the home and was brought under control quickly.
Fire crews completed overhaul to confirm the fire had not spread beyond the garage and first floor.
Heavy smoke damage was found throughout the house. One vehicle in the garage was destroyed in the blaze.
No injuries were reported at the time of the fire and family pets were safely removed.
Firefighters from Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove, Hampshire and Woodstock responded to the scene to assist and cover Huntley fire stations.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the initial loss estimate to the structure and contents is $150,000.
The home was equipped with working smoke detectors. The home was deemed uninhabitable due to the damage.