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Fire leaves Wauconda home uninhabitable

WAUCONDA – The roof and most of the inside of a two-story house was destroyed in a fire Friday afternoon, a fire official said.

The Wauconda Fire District responded at 1:04 p.m. Friday to a structure fire at 23737 W. Milton Road in unincorporated Wauconda and found the attic of the home fully engulfed in flames, according to a news release.

Initial crews made an interior attack from the second floor attempting to extinguish the fire above them, but the fire progressed rapidly due to the wind, forcing crews to exit the home and call for assistance.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and the family dog was rescued, the release said.

The fire was under control within an hour, and crews remained on scene until 5:30 p.m. assisting the homeowners in salvaging their belongings.

The house is uninhabitable, and the cost of damage is estimated at $350,000, Lt. Mark Dierker said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but investigators think a pile of brush being burned behind the house may have been a contributing factor, the release said.

- Emily K. Coleman

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