Firefighters rescued two cats from a residence after a dryer caught on fire and filled the home with heavy smoke late Wednesday evening in Huntley, fire officials said.
The Huntley Fire Protection District responded around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday to the 9900 block of Thornton Way in Huntley for a report of a dryer on fire.
Huntley Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Michael Pierce said firefighters arrived to find a two-story quadplex building with nothing visible from the outside.
Firefighters entered the residence and found heavy smoke on the second floor.
A hose line was stretched into the building and the alarm was upgraded to a working structure fire, Pierce said.
Firefighters secured water from a nearby fire hydrant and performed a search of the home.
The search confirmed that all residents had safely exited the building.
Two cats were located and rescued by firefighters. They were uninjured.
Police assisted with notifying adjoining residential units about the fire and assisting with evacuation and traffic control.
Pierce said the dryer was located on the second floor of the home and the fire was immediately brought under control.
Fire crews then ventilated smoke from the residence after extinguishing the fire.
The home suffered minor smoke and water damage but was deemed habitable, Pierce said.
The Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Fox River Grove and Marengo fire departments either responded to the scene or covered Huntley fire stations.
Pierce said the cause of the fire has not been determined.
The initial loss estimate to the home is $10,000.