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Details emerge about fatal fire in Huntley

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(Sarah Nader – snader@shawmedia.com)
A Woodcreek Apartments building in Huntley is boarded up after a two-alarm blaze started shortly before 6:15 a.m. Sunday. A Huntley man was killed, and 12 others have been displaced after the fire ripped through the six-unit, wood-frame apartment building.

HUNTLEY – The Huntley man who died Sunday morning in a two-alarm fire that started in his Woodcreek Apartment unit had been confined to a wheelchair for most of his adult life, fire officials said.

Allen R. Jacobs, 47, had lost the use of his legs because of a car accident that happened more than 15 years ago, said Ken Caudle, fire chief for the Huntley Fire Protection District.

The blaze started shortly before 6:15 a.m. Sunday, inside Jacobs' first-floor apartment before rising to the second and third floors of a six-unit building at Woodcreek Apartments, 11700 Woodcreek Ave.

Firefighters from 15 area departments responded to help the Huntley district extinguish the blaze. A Huntley firefighter on scene had to be taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where he was treated for a minor injury and then released.

The 12 tenants displaced from the fire all made personal arrangements for temporary shelter, Woodcreek officials said. The owners still are discussing when and where the displaced tenants can return to Woodcreek.

Huntley fire and the Illinois State Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire. Caudle said the fire's origin is not suspicious.

– Stephen Di Benedetto

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