Fires damage homes in DeKalb, Sycamore

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 12:07 p.m. CDT

Crews spent about an hour overnight fighting a fire that caused about $90,000 in damages to a home in the 400 block of West High Street in Sycamore.

Firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the attic when they arrived about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release. Firefighters contained the fire to the attic, but the rest of the home suffered water and smoke damage.

Crews had the fire under control within an hour and spent about another hour salvaging and overhauling the scene, the news release states. All occupants escaped safely, but a firefighter was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Fire officials complimented the quick thinking of a DeKalb woman who awoke around 5:30 a.m. Monday to a fire in her spare bedroom.

The woman closed the bedroom door, which likely kept the blaze contained to that one room at 1707 Earl Court, DeKalb, fire investigator Drew Wells said. The woman escaped without assistance; firefighters rescued her cat.

No one was injured; the home sustained about $30,000 in damages, fire officials said. Smoke damage was present throughout the home.

Crews spent about 20 minutes getting the fire under control and about 90 more minutes cleaning up the scene and investigating, according to the news release. The fire was accidental, officials said.

All off-duty DeKalb firefighters were recalled to help with the scene and to help with other calls. Assisting DeKalb Fire were firefighters from Sycamore, Cortland and Malta.

DeKalb code enfrocement officials, DeKalb fire prevention officers and the DeKalb County Red Cross are helping the residents, the news release states.

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