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St. Charles house destroyed by fire

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 5:30 a.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 passer-by noticed the fire and called 911 about 12:30 p.m., acting Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said.

Upon arrival at 608 State Ave., firefighters 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 bring assistance to the scene.

Although the fire was extinguished in about two and a half hours, firefighters 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 because of the pending investigation.

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

No injuries were reported.

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