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updated: 7/1/2011 5:00 PM

No injuries as fire destroys house near Glen Ellyn

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  • A firefighter suffered a minor injury Friday when a blaze ripped through a one-story house in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn.

       A firefighter suffered a minor injury Friday when a blaze ripped through a one-story house in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Homeowner John Chitkowski said he and his wife were running errands when he received a call from a neighbor telling him his house near Glen Ellyn was on fire. The family's two teenage daughters were not home when the blaze began.

       Homeowner John Chitkowski said he and his wife were running errands when he received a call from a neighbor telling him his house near Glen Ellyn was on fire. The family's two teenage daughters were not home when the blaze began.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • John Chitkowski surveys the damage of his house Friday as it burns on Red Oak Drive in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn.

       John Chitkowski surveys the damage of his house Friday as it burns on Red Oak Drive in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 

A firefighter suffered a minor injury during a Friday blaze that destroyed a one-story house in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn.

Crews from several DuPage County fire departments, including Lisle-Woodridge, Naperville, Glen Ellyn and Downers Grove, responded shortly before noon to the structure fire on Red Oak Drive.

Homeowner John Chitkowski said he and his wife were running errands when a neighbor called to tell them the house where they have lived for the past 16 years was burning.

When he returned home, Chitkowski stood and watched helplessly as the fire gutted the house.

"It looks like it (the fire) didn't spread to somebody else's house, which is good," Chitkowski said. "But I think the house is gone."

Authorities said the house is uninhabitable and "a complete loss." Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine what caused the blaze.

Chitkowski said his two teenage daughters weren't home when the fire started. Authorities said the family's two dogs were rescued from the house by firefighters.

Once the fire started, eyewitnesses said it spread rapidly. Authorities said the area doesn't have fire hydrants and additional water resources had to be brought in. More than 80 firefighters and command staff were on the scene.

Chitkowski said his two daughters are "devastated" by what happened. Family members were trying to decide what to do next.

"You look like you are about my size," Chitkowski said to a reporter. "Can you lend me a suit for Monday morning?"

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