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Fire at Parkside Drive Apartments in DeKalb injures one

Firefighters kept fire from spreading to other units; cause and damage to be determined

DeKALB – A fire in a unit at the Parkside Drive Apartments on Sycamore Road late Saturday led to the building being evacuated and left one person injured, DeKalb fire officials said.

First responders were called to an apartment building at 1329 Sycamore Road at 11:35 p.m. and found an active fire inside one of the dwellings, according to a news release from the DeKalb Fire Department.

Firefighters from seven area departments responded to the call, and it took about 20 minutes for firefighters to get the fire under control. It was almost two hours before all emergency personnel left the scene, according to the release. One person was taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

The fire did not spread to adjacent apartments, but the unit where the fire started has been deemed uninhabitable, according to the release.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing and damage had yet to be assessed on Sunday, but the fire appears to have started in the living room of one of the apartments, according to the release.

Firefighters from Burlington, Cortland, Genoa-Kingston, Malta, Maple Park, Shabbona and Sycamore fire departments responded to the call, along with DeKalb and Northern Illinois University police and workers from ComEd, Nicor Gas and the American Red Cross.

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