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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.

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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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