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1 sent to hospital in DeKalb house fire

Published: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 10:47 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire Sunday which caused one person to be transported to the hospital.

It took fire crews 10 minutes to get the fire under control, which started around 3:13 a.m. Sunday in the upstairs bedroom at a home on the 300 block of Pond Street in DeKalb and caused $10,000 in damage, according to a city of DeKalb news release.

One person was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital for an injury that happened during the initial attempts to extinguish the fire, the release states. Everyone had been evacuated from the house by the time fire crews arrived, the release states.

Investigators are collecting samples to find the cause of the fire, DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks said. There is a possibility that combustibles too close to a space heater caused the fire, Hicks said.

Residents should keep all space heaters at least 3 feet away from household combustibles, according to UL, a safety company.

The DeKalb Fire Department, Sycamore Fire Department and medical crews were among those who responded to the fire.

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