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Fire in Crystal Lake leaves house uninhabitable

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014 5:42 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, March 22, 2014 9:40 p.m. CST

CRYSTAL LAKE – A fire on Saturday caused $80,000 in damage, leaving the Crystal Lake house uninhabitable, the fire department said.

Firefighters from multiple departments were called about 5 p.m. to 62 Barberry Drive. No one was in the house when the fire started and no one was hurt during the call, said Deputy Chief Paul DeRaedt of the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department.

Smoke billowed from the house as firefighters extended a ladder over the home to shoot water down. The fire was under control at 6:07 p.m.

The fire appears to have started in or around a detached garage that was close to the back of the single-story house, the fire department said in a news release. The fire spread to the house, which showed signs of a weakened roof.

According to the news release, the fire began to melt siding and break windows of the homes on either side of the house involved in the fire. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading.

The initial estimate of damage is $80,000, the fire department said.

The cause of the fire is not known, and is under investigation by the fire department, police department and the state fire marshal.

Several residents, who watched as crews worked, reported hearing a big boom in the neighborhood.

DeRaedt said there was at least one propane tank at the back of the house, but it has yet be determined whether that was the cause of the fire, or if a tank exploded as the fire spread.

Crews from Algonquin/Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Lakewood, East Dundee, McHenry Township, Nunda Rural, Cary, Wonder Lake and Fox River Grove crews assisted with the call.

Peter Rogala, who lives nearby, said he saw black smoke coming from the house when the fire first broke out.

"It was dark," Rogala said.

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