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St. Charles house damaged by fire

Published: Sunday, March 31, 2013 5:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 1, 2013 4:42 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Firefighters spent more than two hours Sunday battling a fire that left a St. Charles house unlivable, the St. Charles Fire Department said in a news release.

The house, which was converted into a day care center, was unoccupied when a passerby noticed the fire and called 911 at about 12:30 p.m., Acting Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said.

Upon arrival at 608 State Ave., firefighters reportedly found heavy smoke showing from all three floors.

Once inside, the department reported, firefighters saw that the blaze affected each story and upgraded the alarm to a bring additional assistance to the scene.

Although the fire was extinguished in about two and a half hours, firefighters reportedly remained on the scene to complete salvage operations and to conduct the investigation.

Schelstreet said Monday that investigators had yet to determine the cause, which didn't appear to be suspicious. He wouldn't say where in the house the fire started due to the pending investigation.

Estimated loss is $200,000 to the house and $50,000 to the contents, the department said.

The St. Charles Fire Department was assisted by the Geneva, Batavia, Elburn, West Chicago, South Elgin and Carol Stream fire departments. The Fermilab, Bartlett and Wheaton fire departments provided coverage while St. Charles units were at the fire.

No injuries were reported.

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