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Sycamore fire destroys one home, damages another

SYCAMORE – Fire destroyed a home in the 1300 block of Janet Street and left another badly damaged late Thursday, fire officials said.

According a news release sent Friday from the Sycamore Fire Department, firefighters were called to a house at 1319 Janet St. at 9:56 p.m. and arrived to find it engulfed in flames.

The home where the fire started is probably a total loss, with damages estimated to be about $300,000, said Fire Chief Pete Polarek. The cause is still under investigation.

“The problem is we really have not been able to get into the building due to structural damage since the roof collapsed,” Polarek said. “As time goes on and the insurance adjusters can get into the building, the picture will be a little bit more clear.”

A person was inside the house when the fire started, but escaped and was joined by another family member on the scene, Polarek said. Both were evaluated by paramedics but refused treatment or transport to a hospital, the release said. There were no injuries to firefighters or residents.

Crews brought the fire under control within an hour. Heat from the blaze caused $50,000 worth of damage to a house next door, fire officials said.

“The primary fire was put out within 60 minutes,” Polarek said. “The problem was, they had a gas meter that was damaged from radiant heat. There was a [secondary] fire that lasted much longer, and we couldn’t put it out until the gas was shut off.”

Fire crews from DeKalb, Elburn, Genoa, Hampshire, Burlington, Cortland and Pingree Grove assisted in extinguishing the blaze.

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