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posted: 9/30/2012 10:59 PM

Des Plaines garage fire destroys homeowner's shop

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  • No injuries in an unattached garage fire on Cumberland Parkway just north of Golf Road in Des Plaines on Sunday.

      No injuries in an unattached garage fire on Cumberland Parkway just north of Golf Road in Des Plaines on Sunday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer


Des Plaines fire investigators are looking into what caused a Sunday night blaze that torched a family's garage.

The unattached garage on Cumberland Parkway just north of Golf Road went up in flames at about 8:30 p.m., but firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to any other structures.

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There was not a vehicle inside the garage, but the flames destroyed the homeowner's work shop and a number of personal items inside, said Des Plaines Fire Batallion Chief Mike Tripicchio. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control and Tripicchio said the building was likely a total loss.

Firefighters arrived to heavy flames and cut the garage door open to reach the blaze, he said. Mount Prospect firefighters assisted the Des Plaines department at the scene. Tripicchio said the homeowners called in the fire and no one was injured. Investigators are looking into the cause, and said it was possibly due to an electrical malfunction.

Officials said the blaze did not appear to be suspicious. Fire officials estimated the damage at $20,000 to the structure and the contents.

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