Marengo fire displaces family

MARENGO – A Marengo family was displaced Saturday after a fire left their home along Grant Highway uninhabitable.

The Marengo Fire Protection District responded at 11:30 a.m. to a structure fire at 7524 S. Grant Highway, said Captain John Kimmel. Firefighters immediately saw heavy smoke and flames billowing from the front of the house and requested assistance from 14 area departments.

The family had safely evacuated the house by the time firefighters arrived, Kimmel said. No one was injured in the incident. Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 2:30 p.m.

Marengo firefighters are still investigating the fire’s cause and determining the property damage.

Departments from Belvidere, Boone County, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Genoa-Kingston, Genoa, Hampshire, Harvard, Hebron, Huntley, Kirkland, Lakewood, Union and Woodstock assisted Marengo.

– Stephen Di Benedetto