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Fire damages Sycamore home

State Street shut down while firefighters on scene

SYCAMORE – A fire Wednesday evening damaged a Sycamore home that residents were remodeling.

Firefighters were called to 974 W. State St., Sycamore, on Wednesday evening after a neighbor reported seeing smoke. When crews arrived, smoke could be seen coming from the attic of the white, two-story home, Sycamore Fire Chief Pete Polarek said.

The residents were already outside of the home, along with their two Chihuahuas, Smooch and Sandy, by the time firefighters arrived at the house. No injuries were reported.

Homeowner Larry Smith, 61, who lived there with his wife, Debbie, and son, Matt, said they had been remodeling the home. Two weeks ago they had finished the roof and put up new windows, he said. Smith said he didn’t know what caused the fire or where the family would stay the night. Damage from the fire, smoke and water left the home uninhabitable.

Smith said he had lived in the home since 1986 or 1987.

A portion of State Street was shut down for several hours while firefighters were at the scene.

Firefighters still were working to determine the cause of the fire Wednesday night. Polarek said a damage estimate wasn’t immediately available.

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