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Fire displaces residents in St. Charles

Firefighters respond to a residential fire Thursday on South 14th Street in St. Charles afternoon.
Firefighters respond to a residential fire Thursday on South 14th Street in St. Charles afternoon.

ST. CHARLES – Residents of a home in western St. Charles were displaced Thursday after a fire broke out in the basement, according to a St. Charles Fire Department news release.

Firefighters were notified at 3:12 p.m. after one of the residents discovered the fire upon returning home from an errand, the release states. It indicated he called 911 after exiting the home.

Upon arriving at 419 S. 14th St. four minutes later, firefighters saw a working fire and heavy smoke, Chief Joe Schelstreet said. According to the release, the fire was in the basement and was moving up the stairwell and into the first and second floors.

The fire was extinguished in about 40 minutes, but officials remained on the scene to conduct the fire investigation, according to the release. When asked whether the cold complicated the situation, Schelstreet said firefighters did not experience problems with equipment or fire hydrants.

No injuries were reported, Schelstreet said.

The release indicated the fire is currently classified as accidental and remains under investigation.

The loss was estimated at $100,000 to the structure and contents, the release states.

According to the release, the occupants will be staying with family members, as the home is not habitable.

St. Charles was assisted by the Geneva, Batavia, South Elgin, Elburn and Fermilab fire departments, which were either at the scene or covered calls while St. Charles units were at the fire, the release states.

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