DeKalb home damaged in fire

Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 11:33 p.m.CDT
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In this photo provided by the DeKalb Fire Department, firefighters work to extinguish a fire at 1707 Earl Court on Monday morning.

DeKALB – Fire officials complimented the quick thinking of a DeKalb woman who awoke around 5:30 a.m. Monday to a fire in her spare bedroom.

The woman closed the bedroom door, which likely kept the blaze contained to that one room at 1707 Earl Court, DeKalb, fire investigator Drew Wells said. The woman escaped without assistance; firefighters rescued her cat.

No one was injured; the home sustained about $30,000 in damages, fire officials said. Smoke damage was present throughout the home.

Crews spent about 20 minutes getting the fire under control and about 90 more minutes cleaning up the scene and investigating, according to the news release. The fire was accidental, officials said.

All off-duty DeKalb firefighters were recalled to help with the scene and to help with other calls. Assisting DeKalb Fire were firefighters from Sycamore, Cortland and Malta.

DeKalb code enfrocement officials, DeKalb fire prevention officers and the DeKalb County Red Cross are helping the residents, the news release states.

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