A Sunday evening house fire in West Dundee that started in a garage and spread to the main house was extinguished without any injuries but left a couple homeless, officials said.
At 8:47 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the blaze in the 2900 block of Dartmouth Lane -- the area is east of Randall Road and south of Route 72.
West Dundee Fire Chief Randy Friese said the fire, fought by 39 firefighters, was the first major fire of the year.
Crews had it under control within 30 minutes and it was limited to the garage and the attic. A sprinkler system in the living area of the house kept the fire from causing further damage.
"That was a big help," Friese said. "It actually helped check the fire until fire crews could get inside to put the rest of the fire out."
The house sustained smoke and water damage. The fire also destroyed three cars and melted the siding on a house next door.
The fire left the original house uninhabitable and the husband and wife who lived there are staying with friends. The couple was home when the fire started and a smoke detector helped them escape to safety.
The Kane County Fire Investigator Task Force is has launched a probe into the fire's cause and a damage estimate is not yet available.
Fire personnel from the following departments and districts assisted: Rutland, Carpentersville, East Dundee, Algonquin, Elgin, Hoffman Estates, Huntley, Pingree Grove and South Elgin. Bartlett, Streamwood, Hampshire and Burlington arrived for a change of quarters.