Three dogs were rescued in a Thursday afternoon fire that caused $200,000 damage to a West Side Elgin home.
According to an Elgin Fire Department news release, firefighters responded shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday (June 24, 2021) to the 3000 block of Wayland Avenue for a residential fire alarm activation called in by a private alarm company.
The first crew arrived on scene in just under seven minutes and found a two-story home with heavy smoke coming from the first floor.
Fire crews deployed one hand line to extinguish the fire. The fire was brought under control about 15 minutes after the arrival of the Fire Department.
The fire was contained to the family room with extensive smoke damage throughout the home. Initial damage estimates to the structure and contents are close to $200,000.
The residents were not home at the time of the fire, but three dogs were successfully rescued by the firefighters. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries due to the fire.
The home was red-tagged as it is uninhabitable and Code Enforcement was notified for follow-up.
The Elgin Fire Department Fire Investigation Team is working to determine the cause of the fire.
A Tip From Elgin Fire Chief Robb Cagann
Make sure you have properly installed and maintained smoke detectors in your home and/or business. Smoke detectors are the first line of defense during a fire event.
Test smoke detectors each month and make a habit of changing the batteries twice a year, like when you change your clocks.
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SOURCE: Elgin Fire Department news release