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Fire destroys garage, damages adjacent roof in Villa Park

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 5:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:54 p.m. CDT
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(Matthew Piechalak)
Firefighters battle a blaze Sunday morning at 102 N. Third Ave. in Villa Park. A garage caught fire and spread to the roof of an adjacent home. No injuries were reported in the fire. (Photo provided by Al Stasch)
Caption
(Matthew Piechalak)
Firefighters battle a blaze Sunday morning at 102 N. Third Ave. in Villa Park. A garage caught fire and spread to the roof of an adjacent home. No injuries were reported in the fire. (Photo provided by Al Stasch)

VILLA PARK – No injuries were reported following a Sunday morning garage fire that extended to a neighboring home, Villa Park Fire Chief Ron Rakosnik said.

The blaze caused about $95,000 in damage to the garage and an estimated $50,000 to the adjacent home, which sustained damage to the roof and attic, Rakosnik said.

Villa Park firefighters responded to the fire at 12:05 a.m. Sunday at a home located at 102 N. Third Ave. The general alarm was upgraded to a special alarm, which brought assistance from fire departments in Wood Dale, Lombard, Addison, Bensenville, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Elmhurst and York Center.

Local firefighters arrived on the scene four minutes after the initial call, but the fire had fully engulfed the garage, Rakosnik said.

"The wind wasn't helping matters," Rakosnik said. "We had a wind out of the east at 18 mph."

To make matters worse, a live power line came down shortly after the first crews arrived, causing the firefighters to exercise more caution and change their approach, Rakosnik said.

The flames extended to the home located west of the garage, located at 444. W. Holly Court. The home was unoccupied at the time, Rakosnik said.

"The fire got in the roof and caused damage to the attic," Rakosnik said.

The home on the property where the fire originated was unaffected, but the homeowners, who were in the process of moving, lost a lot of possessions that were in boxes stored in the garage, Rakosnik said, adding that there was also a vehicle parked in the garage.

The fire is under investigation, but there is nothing suspicious about the incident, Rakosnik said.

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