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updated: 12/20/2010 10:01 PM

3 pets lost in Antioch house fire

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  • The Antioch Fire Department battles a house fire on the 26300 block of West Prospect Street Monday. The rural fire was called in at 5:12 p.m. and required help from several other departments including Fox Lake, Lake Villa, Round Lake and others. Firefighters battled the blaze as heavy snow fell around them.

       The Antioch Fire Department battles a house fire on the 26300 block of West Prospect Street Monday. The rural fire was called in at 5:12 p.m. and required help from several other departments including Fox Lake, Lake Villa, Round Lake and others. Firefighters battled the blaze as heavy snow fell around them.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
 

No one was injured Monday night as a fire roared through an Antioch home's crawl space and onto the first floor, but the family lost three pets in the blaze.

One of the two residents in the house on the 26300 block of West Prospect Avenue called 911 at 5:12 p.m. Monday after noticing the basement was on fire, said Antioch Fire Chief John Nixon.

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Two cats and a ferret lost their lives in the fire, which took firefighters from seven departments 45 minutes to bring under control, Nixon said.

The first firefighters on the scene found heavy fire showing from the crawl space area and from a deck on the side of the two-story wood house, officials said.

The fire worked its way to the first floor and eventually left the home uninhabitable, Nixon said.

He estimated the damage at $50,000.

A male and female occupant who were in the home during the fire were evaluated at the scene for smoke inhalation but declined further treatment.

The Antioch Fire Department was assisted by the Fox Lake, Round Lake, Lake Villa, Richmond, Trevor, Wis., and Salem, Wis., fire departments.

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