ST. CHARLES – An early-morning fire damaged an unoccupied home at 1549 Independence Ave. in St. Charles on Wednesday, according to a news release issued by the St. Charles Fire Department. There were no injuries.
Firefighters stated the blaze was discovered by a neighbor who called 911. The loss was estimated at $30,000 to the structure.
At 12:37 a.m. Wednesday, the fire department responded to a report of a fire at the building. They were on the scene by 12:42 a.m. and found smoke showing from the garage of the home, the release states.
Firefighters were able to stop the fire before it entered the rest of the house. According to the release, the property was subject to foreclosure proceedings, and nobody was inside.
Firefighters stated they were able to have the fire extinguished in about 20 minutes, but they remained on the scene to conduct an investigation and perform salvage and overhaul operations.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, the release stated. Firefighters stated that the building is not habitable.
The St. Charles Fire Department reported it was assisted by the Geneva, Batavia, and West Chicago fire departments.