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Rose Drive townhouse fire displaces family in Sycamore

Fire mostly contained to outside; causes $40,000 in damage

Residents in the four-unit townhouse complex in the 1100 block of Rose Drive in Sycamore were safely evacuated by Sycamore firefighters after a fire at their building Tuesday.
Residents in the four-unit townhouse complex in the 1100 block of Rose Drive in Sycamore were safely evacuated by Sycamore firefighters after a fire at their building Tuesday.

SYCAMORE – A fire at a four-unit townhouse complex in the 1100 block of Rose Drive caused $40,000 in damage and left a family displaced, fire officials said Wednesday.
According to a news release from the Sycamore Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to 1117 Rose Drive, the north-end unit of the complex, around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Upon arrival, crews found fire in the rear of one of the homes, which they brought under control within 10 minutes, the release states. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Sycamore Assistant Fire Chief Art Zern said the fire started outside the building but was not electrical in nature.

“[The fire] moved inside a bit because several of the windows broke from the heat of the fire,” Zern said. “We had to open the walls and ceilings to make sure it was all extinguished, and there was smoke damage on the inside.”

There were four people inside the unit at the time of the fire, but all escaped safely and no injuries to residents or fire personnel were reported, Zern said.

One resident was evaluated for smoke inhalation but refused on-scene treatment or transportation to a nearby hospital.

Zern said the family had to leave the house only because the fire took out their electricity.
“The fire was right there at their electrical meter,” Zern said. “They could have stayed because most of the damage was outside, but because of the electrical issue, they elected not to stay.”

Zern said the neighboring unit to the south also had minor smoke damage.
Fire crews from Burlington and Cortland assisted, according to the release.

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