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Lake in the Hills house fire displaces residents

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Residents were displaced Monday afternoon after a house fire in Lake in the Hills.

The Huntley Fire Protection District and other area departments responded about 1:50 p.m. Monday to a structure fire in the 4600 block of Heron Drive.

The fire was called in by a police officer who had been driving by, Battalion Chief David Eeg said.

Flames and smoke were visible on the exterior of the home when crews arrived at the scene. The fire appeared to have started in the chimney and then spread to the roof, Eeg said.

Huntley, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Fox River Grove and Rutland-Dundee fire districts battled the fire in a snowstorm for about 15 minutes before it was extinguished, Eeg said.

The two-story, 2,500-square-foot house is uninhabitable. No one was home at the time, and there were no animals in the house, Eeg said.

“We had to cut the power and gas, so that will need to be restored,” Eeg said. “The roof is also going to need rehabbing.”

A section of Heron Drive in Lake in the Hills was closed as firefighters fought the fire and investigated the scene.

The road closure temporarily blocked Huntley School District 158’s bus services for students who live in that neighborhood, according to a notice on the district’s website. Affected buses stayed at the school until the area was clear.

The Lake in the Hills Police Department sent out an alert that normal traffic was expected to resume about
4:20 p.m.

A damage estimate was not available, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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