HARVARD – The cause of a fire that damaged a two-story home this morning remains unknown.
"It's still being investigated, but it doesn't appear suspicious," Harvard Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Don Davidson said.
Firefighters were dispatched to 906 Garfield Road at 10:23 a.m. today.
There were no reported injuries, but the structure was deemed uninhabitable.
"There was heavy fire damage in the attic with water damage sustaining that," Davidson said.
A passer-by alerted authorities about the fire at the single-family residence on Garfield Road. Only one homeowner was listed as a resident, Davidson said.
The homeowner was not at his home when the fire occurred, he said.
"He did say he had a place to stay tonight," Davidson said.
The Harvard Fire Protection District requested mutual aid from surrounding fire and rescue departments.
Units from Sharon, Wis., Walworth, Wis., Marengo, Woodstock, Linn Township, Lakewood, Hebron-Alden-Greenwood, McHenry Township, Capron, Richmond and the Harvard Police department assisted.
The fire was extinguished in less than an hour, but investigators and firefighters remained at the scene until 2:30 p.m.
"[The fire] is probably one of the largest, substantial structure fires we've had in a while, unfortunately," Davidson said. "But nobody was hurt."