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Contractor's blowtorch suspected in Geneva house fire

No injuries reported in Forrest Ave. fire

GENEVA – A contractor’s blowtorch allegedly started a fire that damaged a Geneva home in the 800 block of Forrest Avenue on Feb. 19, officials announced in a news release.

No residents were home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Geneva firefighters were called to the fire call at 8:53 a.m. by a construction worker who was working on the property.

Firefighters arriving on the scene found fire and smoke in the rear of the single-family home. Firefighters put out the blaze at 9:31 a.m.

The preliminary cause of the fire stemmed from the contractor allegedly using a blowtorch to melt ice on the home’s new addition foundation.

The home sustained minor fire damage, and damage estimates still are being compiled.

Firefighters from Batavia, St. Charles, Elburn and West Chicago assisted Geneva at the scene, the release stated.

The Fermilab and North Aurora fire departments filled in Geneva Fire Stations No. 1 and 2 during the call.

The Geneva Police Department provided additional support at the scene.

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