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House fire causes $110,000 damage in DeKalb

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:49 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:31 p.m. CDT
(Rob Winner –
The morning after a fire occurred on the 800 block of Lawnwood Avenue in DeKalb shows the damage a home sustained Thursday.

DeKALB – Fire officials are investigating what sparked a fire in a shed that ultimately caused about $110,000 in damage to a ranch home overnight.

Flames spread from a shed sitting about a foot away from the house at 809 Lawnwood Ave., DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks said. First, the house’s vinyl siding caught fire. Then, the fire spread to the attic, garage and a few rooms inside the house, Hicks said.

No one was injured, although one person was missing when firefighters arrived at the house about 12:30 a.m., fire officials said. A crew searched for the unaccounted person, but later learned that person had left the area and returned, according to a news release.

Crews had the fire under control within 30 minutes and extinguished within an hour, the release stated.

A fire engine from Sycamore and an ambulance from Genoa provided help at the scene, while a Cortland fire engine helped at DeKalb Fire Station No. 1.

Lawnwood Avenue is west of Route 23 and north of Hillcrest Drive.

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