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Fire causes $10K damage to St. Charles home

Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A discarded cigarette Friday started a fire that caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to a two-story home in eastern St. Charles, said Assistant Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet.

The accidental fire spread from a trash can next to a house in the 1500 block of Jobe Avenue and went up the residence’s exterior wall, Schelstreet said. He noted the fire was in a rear corner of the house.

Firefighters found the homeowner controlling the small fire with a garden hose when they arrived at 12:30 p.m., he said.

The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes, but firefighters reportedly remained on the scene until about 1:30 p.m. to check for any extension of the fire and to conduct the fire investigation.

The house remains habitable, but it sustained damage to the siding, Schelstreet said.

Nobody was injured during the blaze. Schelstreet said the occupants discovered it at the same time neighbors were calling 911 to report it.

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