Firefighters were able to save an elderly Wauconda woman and her cat from a garage fire that spread into her home Monday afternoon.
The Wauconda Fire Department arrived at the home on the 1000 block of Monroe Street to find a detached garage fully engulfed in flames.
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The blaze had already spread into the nearby 2,000-square-foot residence, and firefighters were alerted that the homeowner might still have been inside.
"We were fortunate that the victim was in the process of self-removal when we got there," Wauconda Batallion Chief Ed Dagdick said. "We assisted her out of the house. We were just fortunate that no one was injured or hurt at the scene."
The home's occupant was transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Wauconda firefighters were assisted by several departments: Nunda, Lake Villa, Mundelein, Countryside, Barrington, Round Lake, Long Grove and McHenry.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The home is uninhabitable and fire officials estimate $200,000 in damage.