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'Suspicious' Crystal Lake house fire causes about $80K in damage

No one injured during fire at 2-story home

First responders from numerous municipalities responded to a house fire Monday morning in the 900 block of Wedgewood Drive.
First responders from numerous municipalities responded to a house fire Monday morning in the 900 block of Wedgewood Drive.

First responders from numerous municipalities responded to a house fire Monday morning in the 900 block of Wedgewood Drive.

The fire, which was reported by neighbors about 9:15 a.m. and filled the upper floor and attic of a two-story home, quickly was contained, according to the Crystal Lake Fire Department.

No firefighters, residents or pets were injured in the blaze.

The fire caused about $80,000. Its cause is not yet known, but it is being treated as a “suspicious incident,” Crystal Lake Fire Chief Chris Olsen said.

“The residence was not sprinklered; however, smoke detectors were activated. The first arriving crew removed dogs from the residence while engine companies deployed two hose lines into the building for suppression and searched for occupants,” according to a statement from Battalion Chief Chris Koppera.

Dozens of nearby residents stood on their front lawns to monitor the situation.

John Ferrero, who lives next to the home in question, called 911.

“A neighbor that lives across the subdivision was walking her dogs, and I just happened to be out in front and she said, ‘Do you hear their house beeping?’ ” Ferraro recalled, adding that he first thought the beeping was coming from his electric dog fence. “We walked over toward it, and I looked up at the awning and saw smoke coming from the awnings. It was on fire. I called 911 to report it.”

Ferraro said two dogs were in the home’s garage at the time, and they later were taken away by Animal Control.

“We heard the sirens and thought someone got hurt outside the house, but then we came outside and saw smoke,” said Joey Dicks, who stood near his grandmother in her front yard near the incident.

Additional units from Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Harvard, Huntley, Lake Zurich, Marengo, McHenry Township, Nunda Rural, Spring Grove, Wauconda and Wonder Lake assisted at the scene.

Investigators from the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department received assistance form investigators with the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills, Huntley and Nunda Rural fire protection districts, as well as the Crystal Lake Police Department and Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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