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Island Lake fire causes an estimated $300,000 in damage to home

ISLAND LAKE – Fire officials continue to investigate what started a fire that caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to an Island Lake home Thursday morning.

The Wauconda Fire District responded about 3:31 a.m. to the 100 block of Fairfield Drive in Island Lake for the report of a structure fire, according to a news release.

Occupants of the home were inside at the time of the fire but were able to escape without injuries, firefighters said.

A second alarm was sounded for additional personnel and equipment to rotate crews because of cold temperatures. Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 provided two buses for personnel to keep warm, according to a news release.

The fire was brought under control after about 40 minutes. Fire personnel and investigators remained on the scene for further investigation, overhaul and extinguishing of any remaining hot spots. ComEd, NICOR and Island Lake Public Works also were called to the scene.

The fire originated within the attached garage of the structure, but the cause remained undetermined Thursday, according to a news release. The family who resided in the home is being helped by the American Red Cross.

Island Lake police, as well as fire departments from Nunda Township, Cary, Lake Zurich, Round Lake, Crystal Lake, Grayslake, McHenry, Fox River Grove, Countryside, Fox Lake, Long Grove Wonder Lake, Lake Villa, Barrington and Woodstock assisted either at the scene or with station coverage.

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