A missing dog has been found safe and the community is raising money for one of the families who lost everything following a fire that damaged two homes in Crystal Lake Wednesday.
The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday to the 700 block of Eletson Drive in Crystal Lake for a report of a structure fire.
Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department Battalion Chief Rick Kaiser said fire crews arrived within six minutes to find a working structure fire.
Flames and smoke were visible from an attached garage of a residence.
The residence was attached to three other homes. Kaiser said all residents and animals evacuated their homes prior to the fire department’s arrival.
Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire, which had spread to the attic, Kaiser said.
An adjacent residence also sustained damage. The two residences were deemed uninhabitable.
The American Red Cross is working with the residents to provide housing for both families, Kaiser said.
No firefighters or occupants were injured during the incident.
The Crystal Lake Police Department said Coco, a 35-pound Australian Shepherd mix, went missing from the fire and was last seen around Berkshire Drive between Coventry Lane and McHenry Avenue. She has since been located safe.
George Scott and Theresa Masini, who resided in one of the two homes left uninhabitable, lost everything in the fire which caused major damage, according to Brianna Scott.
“Thankfully everyone is okay, but the damage is still done,” Brianna Scott said.
George Scott said he has nothing left — not even a pair of shoes.
“Can’t believe all these years of hard work only to be homeless broke and no shoes,” he said, adding that the dog Coco woke him and his wife up and saved their lives.
A GoFundMe account was set up for George Scott and Theresa Masini and has raised over $11,000 in a day.
“The amount of love and support we have had over the last 24 hours has been overwhelmingly amazing. We are so thankful for everyone who has donated to help my father and stepmother,” Brianna Scott said.
The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, Huntley Fire Protection District, McHenry Township Fire Protection District, and Woodstock Fire Rescue District assisted at the scene.
The Crystal Lake Police Department, Crystal Lake Public Works Department, ComEd and Nicor Gas also responded.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, Kaiser said.