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Resident, firefighter injured in Island Lake fire that killed dog, 2 cats

ISLAND LAKE – A homeowner and firefighter were injured Friday in a fire that officials said damaged an Island Lake townhouse and killed a dog and two cats.

Wauconda Fire District crews were dispatched shortly after 2 a.m. to a townhouse at 3613 Linden Drive after the homeowner called 911 to report a structure fire, according to a news release.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy flames coming from an attached garage of a two-story townhouse.

The homeowner, the only person in the home at the time, was taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, according to the release.

A firefighter also was sent to the hospital because of the fire with injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire within 90 minutes and prevented it from spreading to other townhouses, the release said.

Officials estimated the damage at $200,000, and said the townhouse is uninhabitable.

“The main body of the fire was in the garage,” Lt. Dan Frey said. “But there was extensive damage to the first floor, and smoke and heat damage to the second floor.”

Because of the amount of fire encountered at the scene, firefighters activated the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System to get help from additional crews.

Firefighters from Nunda, Fox River Grove, Crystal Lake, Marengo, Grayslake, Barrington-Countryside, McHenry, Countryside, Cary, Lake Zurich, Round Lake, Wonder Lake and Lake Villa assisted Wauconda firefighters, officials said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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