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posted: 11/14/2013 9:41 PM

Unattended candle blamed for Vernon Hills fire

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A burning candle left unattended is likely to blame for a fire Thursday night at a single-family home in Vernon Hills, authorities said.

But the fire reported at 5:58 p.m. on the 1100 block of Warren Lane was extinguished quickly, and the home sustained only minor smoke damage, according to Battalion Chief Ed Heinz of the Countryside Fire Protection District.

Most of the damage was contained to a second-floor bedroom, where it's believed the fire stared. A mattress also caught on fire there, Heinz said.

The homeowners were able to exit without injuries after they were alerted to the fire by a smoke detector, Heinz said.

Firefighters needed less than five gallons of water to extinguish the fire, he said.

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