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Cause of St. Charles house fire still unknown

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 7:13 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 1:37 p.m. CDT
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(Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)
A home in the 1800 block of Allen Lane in St. Charles sustained damage after an overnight fire early Tuesday morning.

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Fire Department late Tuesday morning were still investigating whether a house fire on the city's east side was storm-related, Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Christensen said.

The fire caused an estimated $175,000 in fire and water damages to a home at 1852 Allen Lane in St. Charles, according to a news release from the fire department. There were no injuries but the home is not habitable at this time, Christensen said.

According to the release, the fire might have been related to the strong storms that hit the area Monday night, into Tuesday. It took place at 1:47 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters arrived at 1:53 a.m. and found heavy fire on the roof, involving the attic area, the release stated.

The fire was brought under control in an hour, and firefighters remained at the scene until 5:27 a.m. According to the release, the cause of fire is under investigation.

The fire was noticed by a passing St. Charles police patrol officer, and the occupants were alerted and able to leave the home, the release stated. Fire departments from Geneva and Batavia assisted in fighting the blaze, and those from the Elburn and Fermilab departments provided coverage while St. Charles units were committed to the fire.

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