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posted: 3/6/2012 10:38 PM

Winds fuel St. Charles house fire

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  • Firefighters work the scene of a structure fire in the 2000 block of Cambridge Drive Tuesday afternoon in St. Charles.

       Firefighters work the scene of a structure fire in the 2000 block of Cambridge Drive Tuesday afternoon in St. Charles.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters work the scene of a structure fire in the 2000 block of Cambridge Drive Tuesday afternoon in St. Charles.

       Firefighters work the scene of a structure fire in the 2000 block of Cambridge Drive Tuesday afternoon in St. Charles.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

One firefighter suffered minor injuries during a Tuesday afternoon St. Charles house fire that caused $220,000 in damages, officials said.

Firefighters from six neighboring departments were called to assist in battling the blaze that engulfed a two-story home in the 2000 block of Cambridge Drive, according to fire officials.

The residents were home and escaped unharmed after the fire broke out at about 12:30 p.m. near the Kensington School of St. Charles off Kirk Road.

Crews arriving at the scene found heavy fire on the front porch with flames extending into the first and seconds floors, which were being pushed into the home by a 35 mph wind, officials said.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control within an hour, but remained on scene until 4:30 p.m. during the investigation.

The injured firefighter was taken to Delnor Hospital where he was treated and released.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Tuesday night.

Total damages were estimated at $150,000 to the structure and $70,000 to the contents.

According to St. Charles Township property records, the home is owned by Richard and Christina Krautter.

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