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posted: 8/8/2012 1:59 PM

One person injured, dog killed, in Antioch house fire Tuesday night

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One person was injured and a dog was killed in a house fire near Antioch, fire officials said Wednesday.

Antioch Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Chris Lienhardt said firefighters were called to the 39000 block of Circle Drive at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday for a home that was fully engulfed in flames.

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Lienhardt said units on scene saw heavy smoke and fire showing from the front of the single-story ranch home, and that one person was unaccounted for when firefighters arrived.

A man was discovered in the back of the structure with one of his dogs, Lienhardt said. A second dog was trapped inside the building and died in the fire, he said.

The unidentified victim was suffering from smoke inhalation at the scene, but refused to be transported to the hospital, Lienhardt said. The victim was treated and released.

The fire was under control within 30 minutes of firefighters arriving at the home, Lienhardt said, but firefighters remained on scene for more than two hours continuing to put out hot spots created by the blaze.

The preliminary investigation shows the fire originated in the master bedroom of the home, he said, but the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The home was deemed uninhabitable Tuesday night. The blaze caused about $75,000 worth of damage to the structure, Lienhardt said.

Firefighters from Fox Lake, Spring Grove, Lake Villa and Newport Township assisted at the scene and in staffing the Antioch fire stations.

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