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updated: 10/1/2012 1:02 PM

Fire tears through Algonquin home Saturday

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A fire caused major damage to a single-family home in Algonquin Saturday while the residents were away.

The cause of the fire and estimated damage costs were not available Monday.

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The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District responded at about 6:30 p.m. to a house in the 0-99 block of Filip Road and found heavy smoke and flames, according to a news release from the district.

No one was home when the fire started. A passer-by noticed the fire and alerted emergency responders, reports said.

Fire crews first tried to put out the fire from the inside but had to work from outside the home when it became clear the roof would collapse, according to fire officials.

No one was injured in the fire, and two cats were found safe at the scene.

Crews stayed at the home for three hours Saturday working to get the fire under control and secure the house, during which time the residents returned.

Carpentersville, Huntley, Crystal Lake, Barrington and Cary fire departments, as well as McHenry County Animal Control provided assistance.

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