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Fire causes 'extensive damage' to vacant St. Charles home

Published: Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:12 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:25 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – No one was injured in a Friday night blaze at a vacant two-story home in St. Charles.

The Fox River and Countryside Fire and Rescue District responded to a structure fire at 6N052 Weber Drive in St. Charles shortly after 7 p.m. The house was set back about 200 feet from the roadway, and the driveway of the home was obstructed with brush and landscape materials, which delayed fire engine access, according to a news release.

The home appeared vacant and building materials were sitting in the yard. The condition of the home, paired with obstructions and the amount of fire, caused firefighters to initiate defensive operations, according to the release. The owner of the home is unknown.

The fire was under control by about 8 p.m., according to the release. The cause of the fire, which resulted in "extensive damage" to the home, is still under investigation.

In addition to the Fox River and Countryside Fire and Rescue District, fire departments from Bartlett, Geneva, West Chicago, St. Charles, South Elgin, Pingree Grove, Batavia and Bloomingdale, as well as Hanover Park Rehab, Kane County OEM, Kane County Sheriff, Kane County Fire Investigation Task Force, responded Friday to the box alarm fire.

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