Fire destroys Fox Lake home, displaces residents

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No one was injured in a fire at a Fox Lake home April 13, but the blaze rendered the house a complete loss, a Fox Lake Fire Protection District official said.

Fox Lake firefighters arrived at the single-family home on the 200 block of East Grand Avenue shortly after receiving the call about midnight Saturday. They found heavy flames at the rear of the house, Battalion Chief Ted Damos said.

A couple of the back rooms were fully engulfed as well as parts of the rear exterior of the wood frame house, Damos said.

Crews attacked the blaze with multiple lines from the engine with nearby hydrants supplying water. The fire was extinguished within 10 to 15 minutes and did not spread to neighboring properties. Salvage efforts were underway after the fire was extinguished, but the home appears to be a complete loss, Damos said.

Firefighters said they don’t believe the residents were home at the time of the fire, but residents have been displaced. Investigators were still on the scene April 14. The fire appears to have started at the rear, but it has yet to be determined whether the source was inside or outside, Damos said.

There was no exact figure on damage, but it is estimated to be in the six figures. There was extensive water and smoke damage, Damos said.

Fox Lake firefighters received assistance from departments from Lake Villa, Round Lake and Antioch.