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Fire Damages Home Northwest of St. Charles

Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District and seven agencies assisted in combatting house fire.

Firefighters from seven agencies on Saturday battled for more than an hour to contain a fire that caused an estimated $350,000 in damage to a rural home just northwest of St. Charles. There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District.

Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 5N353 Crane Road at 11:44 a.m., and arrived in eight minutes, where they found a two-story home with a well-involved fire, with heavy flames on the front and one side of the home, according to the district.

The house was set back from the road, which limited access to it, and the area is not served by fire hydrants, according to the district. The initial crew set up to attack the fire, including establishing a tanker shuttle to haul water in to combat the blaze.

The fire district said concerns about structural stability limited fire crews to combat the flames from outside the home.

The fire was upgraded to a box alarm, which brought in crews from South Elgin, Pingree Grove, Elburn, Burlington, Batavia, a tanker truck and crew from the city of St. Charles, Sugar Grove, as well as personnel from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the Kane County Office of Emergency Management.

The fire was under control one hour and seven minutes later.

According to the fire district, there was extensive damage throughout the home, its roof and flooring.

The fire district estimated damage to the home at $250,000 and damage to contents at $100,000.

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Jack January 13, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Sad story. Hopefully no one was injured. That said, please take note how many towns responded, which involved probably putting over 20 firemen in severe danger due to the fact there is not a municipal water supply in the rural areas.. What could possibly be left of a home after burning for 1 hour and 7 minutes. All this could have been avoided if a residential fire sprinkler system was a code requirement....so sad.
David Amundson January 13, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Anytime a home burns it is a tragedy. No argument there whatsoever. Also equally hopeful that that nobody was hurt - that would only compound the tragedy. Crews from 10 or 11 different jurdisdictions all pitching in? Our public safety system at its finest. Changes to the residential building code to require sprinklers? Would not have made one bit of difference, as changes to the building code are never applied retroactively.
Abe Lincoln January 13, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Unfortunately, this is par for the course for this new "fire department." They've burned down a few homes since they took this area away from the St. Charles Fire Department.
Ted Schnell (Editor) January 13, 2013 at 06:09 AM
The second sentence of the story states what the fire district reported to me -- no injuries. I am grateful for that, too.
Theauction6 January 13, 2013 at 02:53 PM
The house is still standing and was structurally in tact enough for crews and fire investigators to safely enter the building to do searches an overhaul. The fire was contained to the area I'm which it started leaving the basement, garage and unburned exposures untouched aside from some water damage which is unprevntable. All crews on scene worked hard, did great and got the job done. With a timely response as well, seeing as that area would have taken St. Charles an additional 6-8 minutes to respond to (nothing against St. Charles, just based on location alone), possibly fully evolving the house to the point of burning it to the ground by that time. And no one was hurt which is ALWAYS, the number 1 concern!
SCT Fox January 13, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Sound like Abe has an axe to grind. Get real, Mr Lincoln
Rodeo Clown January 18, 2013 at 06:00 PM
@Theauction6....... You state that Fox River Dist. would have better response times than SCFD and imply that the house would be more damaged? Wake up and smell the coffee or embers from another epic failure of a Tea Party pipe dream. You obviously work for the Fox River Dist. or have beef with SCFD.
Rescue125 January 19, 2013 at 07:09 PM
And other fire departments in the area or throughout the nation haven't burned down a few in their time?
Rescue125 January 19, 2013 at 07:12 PM
You obviously have something against Fox River Dist. What they turned you down for employment?

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