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Fire leaves Streamwood home with $40,000 in damage

A fire caused heavy damage to a one-story Streamwood home, authorities said.

A fire caused heavy damage to a one-story Streamwood home, authorities said.

 

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A fire has caused an estimated $40,000 in damage to a one-story home in Streamwood, authorities said.

The blaze started in a van parked in the driveway of the home on the 400 block of East Streamwood Boulevard. When firefighters responded shortly before midnight, the flames had spread to the house's west side.

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Crews battled bitter cold and two frozen fire hydrants, Streamwood Battalion Chief Marv Kramer said.

Firefighters were forced to use water carried on three different fire apparatus to put out the blaze, Kramer said.

All four residents escaped unharmed, but the home was deemed uninhabitable. The residents are working with their insurance company to find temporary housing, Kramer said.

The fire left the structure with heavy damage on the exterior and in the attic.

Radiant heat slightly damaged the siding of a neighboring home about 20 feet away.

The Streamwood Fire Department is investigating the cause. The fire appeared to start in the van's passenger compartment, Streamwood Fire Chief Chris Clark said.

While the fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes, crews remained at the scene for more than two hours. Units from Bartlett, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates and Hanover Township also responded.

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