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One injured, DeKalb duplex deemed uninhabitable after fire

Damage estimated to cost $150,000

DEKALB — One person was injured and a home was deemed uninhabitable following a fire Tuesday night in DeKalb.

The DeKalb Fire Department responded around 10:06 p.m. to the 1300 block of Adam's Way, DeKalb, for a report of a structure fire, according to a news release from the department. When firefighters arrived, they found "heavy fire" coming from the rear of a duplex. Only one person was inside prior to the blaze and that person was able to safely escape.

The occupant was later treated for non-life threatening injuries and transported to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, according to the release.

Firefighters from other nearby towns assisted the DeKalb department in extinguishing the flames in less than one hour, and no firefighters were injured.

The damage was estimated to cost $150,000, and the fire's cause is still under investigation. It is known that the flames started in the kitchen.

Firefighters from Cortland, Genoa-Kingston, Malta, Maple Park, Shabbona and Sycamore Fire Departments assisted DeKalb firefighters. DeKalb Police, Nicor, ComEd and American Red Cross also assisted in various tasks on the scene.

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