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Fire destroys two homes, detached garages in Carpentersville

Fire appears to have started in detached garage, fire officials say

Two homes were destroyed in a fire in Carpentersville Wednesday afternoon that appears to have started in a detached garage.

Two neighboring detached garages also were destroyed and another nearby home suffered heat damage, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to 1700 block of Kingston Circle about 4:15 p.m. and found three structures ablaze – one detached garage and two homes. Fire Chief John-Paul Schilling said within minutes of the firefighters’ arrival, a second detached garage caught fire.

The blaze was extinguished in about an hour. Firefighters remained on scene for almost five hours sifting through debris and checking for hot spots.

Two homes and two detached garages appear to be total losses, Schilling said. No cost estimate on the property losses was immediately available.

No injuries were reported, but a kitten died at one location, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The American Red Cross is working with residents to find alternate housing, fire officials said.

Jake Griffin Daily Herald Media Group

Jake Griffin is the assistant managing editor for watchdog reporting at the Daily Herald