A Friday night house fire left three people homeless and injured a firefighter and two family pets in Cary.
Cary Fire Protection District responded to the scene of a reported fire on the 200 block of East Pearl Street in Cary around 9:30 p.m. Friday. Responders noted heavy smoke coming from the house upon arrival, according to a news release from the Cary Fire Protection District.
All three occupants had already gotten out of the house when first responders arrived and the fire was out in about a half hour, officials said.
The basement was severely damaged and the rest of the home has smoke and water damage. The house isn’t inhabitable but a damage estimate wasn’t immediately available, officials said.
A Cary firefighter suffered a laceration on his head after he was struck by a tool, but didn’t need to go to the hospital, officials said.
Firefighters rescued two cats from the home. The animals suffered smoke inhalation but survived after responders provided them with oxygen with a specialty mask. The cats will likely need follow up treatment at a veterinarian, officials said.
Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Fox River Grove, Barrington and Barrington-Countryside fire departments assisted in the incident.
Maple Tree Inn in Cary will host a fundraiser for the victims of the fire. A staff member that answered the phone Saturday said the sports bar hadn’t solidified plans yet but anyone interested in donating or helping can call 847-639-2251.