A family pet died and several other pets were rescued after they were trapped in a house fire in Huntley that displaced a family Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The Huntley Fire Protection District responded around 3:46 p.m. Saturday to the 11800 block of Blue Bayou Drive in Huntley for a report of a structure fire.
Fire crews found a two-story home with smoke showing from the front of the structure.
Neighbors reported that family members were able to escape prior to the fire department’s arrival, according to Huntley Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Eric Bentley.
Firefighters pulled a hose line to the interior of the home to extinguish the fire.
Additional fire companies arrived and assisted with fire extinguishment and helping complete a search of the home.
The fire was located and contained on the first floor of the home, Bentley said.
The home sustained smoke damage throughout the house. Firefighters worked for approximately 10 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Bentley said crews continued to work for another 30 minutes to make sure the fire was completely extinguished.
Several pets were rescued from the home. A family bird died in the fire.
The home was equipped with smoke detectors, which were operational at the time of the fire and helped the family to safely escape the home.
“Please remember that working smoke detectors save lives,” Bentley said.
Approximately $225,000 in damage was caused to the house and its contents. The home was deemed uninhabitable.
Firefighters from Algonquin, Hampshire, Woodstock, Fox River Grove and Pingree Grove and Rutland-Dundee responded to the scene to assist and covered calls in Huntley.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Huntley Fire Protection District.