PORT BARRINGTON – A fire left a Port Barrington home uninhabitable Tuesday afternoon.
The Wauconda Fire District responded at 3:43 p.m. to a single-story home at 120 Center St in Port Barrington, Battalion Chief Kevin Pyne said. An occupant of the home called the fire in, and an off-duty firefighter who lived in the area reported light smoke showing from the home.
The first engine to arrive on the scene was able to get the fire under control in about 15 minutes, and subsequent crews assisted in clearing debris and extinguishing any remaining fire. Pyne said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said. Initial reports said the fire was in the water heater and utility room.
The house sustained a lot of smoke and heat damage but no structural damage, Pyne said. The damage is estimated at $100,000.
The family was home, but no one was injured, he said.
The Wauconda department was assisted at the scene by fire the Lake Zurich, Nunda Rural, Barrington Countryside and Fox Lake fire departments. The Barrington and Crayslake departments covered Wauconda's calls while they were at the scene.
– Emily K. Coleman