The Hoffman Estates Fire Department battled a house fire in freezing conditions Tuesday night.
A firefighter suffered a minor injury, but everyone in the home on the 1100 block of Glen Lane escaped the home unhurt, Battalion Chief Richard D. Englund reported in a news release.
When members of the fire department arrived at the home at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the attached two-car garage of the two-story home.
Firefighting efforts were considerably hampered because the three closest fire hydrants to the home were completely frozen and inoperable, Englund said. Water had to be taken from a hydrant on an adjacent street.
The fire was contained to the garage and part of the first floor, but smoke went throughout the home, and it is currently uninhabitable, according to the news release.
A total of 31 firefighters from Hoffman Estates, Streamwood, Palatine Rural, and Schaumburg responded to the scene, as did representatives of the Red Cross.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The initial loss estimate is $200,000. The home had fire detectors, but it was not known if they were working, Englund said.