ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – No one was injured in a fire Tuesday at a house in the 35W700 block of Rose Avenue, St. Charles Township, fire officials said.
Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District Chief John Nixon said the call came in at 11:52 a.m. and when they arrived, flames were shooting out from bedroom windows in the upper floor of the split-level house.
“The fire started in the upstairs bedroom,” Nixon said. “The Kane County Fire Investigation Task Force will be looking into what may have caused it. It burned up into the soffit and burned through the floor and into the garage.”
The residents of the house, Kathryn Medearis and her husband, Billy Prince III, escaped safely with a 1-year-old and a 3-year old, Medearis said.
“I was making valentines at the kitchen table, and I smelled smoke," Medearis said. “I checked the stove and then I saw black smoke rolling in. It took six seconds from the time I smelled it to the time I saw it. It was pretty brutal. It spread quickly.”
Medearis said she was grateful for the quick action of firefighters to put out the fire.
Medearis said she did not know what could have started the blaze as she and her husband smoke outside, not inside the house.
Four other children, age 11, 8, 6 and 4, were not home at the time, she said.
Nixon said other departments that provided mutual aid were South Elgin, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Carol Stream, St. Charles, Geneva, Hampshire, Burlington and Maple Park.