Residents Evacuated, 'Cause Undetermined' in 2 Devastating Wednesday-Afternoon House Fires in Elgin

Residents Evacuated, ‘Cause Undetermined’ in 2 Devastating Wednesday-Afternoon House Fires in Elgin

The Elgin Fire Department Fire is investigating the cause of two Wednesday-afternoon house fires, both of which were discovered while residents were still inside the buildings.

Both homes, located on the city’s east side, sustained extensive damage and were red-tagged as uninhabitable.

No people were hurt in either blaze, but in the fire on Elma Avenue, one dog and pet rabbit were killed by smoke inhalation.

600 Block of Elma Avenue

Elma Avenue in Elgin. (CREDIT: Google Maps)

According to a pair Elgin Fire Department news releases, firefighters first responded at around 4:27 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 26, 2020)  to the 600 Block of Elma Ave. for a report of a possible structure fire with people trapped in the basement, at which time additional fire companies were dispatched to assist.

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Responding fire companies found a single-story home with fire burning throughout the first floor and flames coming out the front windows.

Officials said the residents were in the basement of the home at the time of the fire but were unaware of the fire until objects from the first floor fell to the floor of the basement.

The residents evacuated just prior to the Fire Department’s arrival.

The first crew arrived on scene in just over three minutes. Fire crews deployed two hand lines to extinguish the fire. The fire was brought under control about 10 minutes after the arrival of the Fire Department.

The home suffered extensive damage. Initial damage estimates are in excess of $150,000.

One dog was rescued, but another dog and rabbit succumbed to the smoke. The home was red-tagged as it is uninhabitable and the city’s code compliance division was notified for follow-up.

The Elgin Fire Department Fire Investigation Team is investigating, but the cause is undetermined at this time.

100 Block of Joslyn Drive

Firefighters responded to the second house fire at 6:31 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 Block of Joslyn Drive.

Based on initial reports, additional fire companies were dispatched to assist.

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Responding fire companies found a two-story home with fire burning through the roof and into the ceiling of the second floor.

The residents were home at the time of the fire, but evacuated prior to the Fire Department’s arrival.

The first crew arrived on scene in just under five minutes. Fire crews deployed two hand lines to extinguish the fire. The fire was brought under control about 15 minutes after the arrival of the Fire Department.

Damage estimates are in excess of $100,000.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries due to the fire. The home was red-tagged as it is uninhabitable and the city’s code compliance division was notified for follow-up. The Elgin Fire Department’s Fire Investigation Team is investigating, and the cause is undetermined at this time.

SOURCE: Elgin FIre Department