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Woodstock commercial fire results in $100,000 in damage

Building next to Niko's Red Mill Tavern caught fire overnight

Firefighters battle a fire in a small commercial structure in the 1000 block of Lake Avenue in Woodstock early Wednesday morning. The blaze cost an estimated $100,000 in damage.
Firefighters battle a fire in a small commercial structure in the 1000 block of Lake Avenue in Woodstock early Wednesday morning. The blaze cost an estimated $100,000 in damage.

WOODSTOCK — An overnight fire in a small commercial structure next to Niko's Red Mill Tavern in Woodstock caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responded about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday to the 1000 block of Lake Avenue in Woodstock for a report of a fire in a building next to Niko’s Red Mill Tavern, 1040 Lake Ave., according to a news release from the district. When firefighters arrived, they found flames showing from a small commercial structure.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes but spent roughly two hours checking for and extinguishing "hidden fires" and investigating. An investigation is ongoing but the cause of the blaze does not appear to be suspicious, according to the release.

Woodstock Fire Captain Scott Nieman would not elaborate on why it appears that way.

No one was injured, and the initial cost estimate of damage is $100,000.

Emergency responders from Huntley, Harvard, Crystal Lake, McHenry, Marengo, Nunda Township and Union assisted both at the scene and in covering Woodstock's stations during the fire, Nieman said.

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