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Townhouse fire displaces Schaumburg families

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  • Firefighters work the scene of a blaze Wednesday on the 700 block of Whalom Lane in Schaumburg. The fire severely damaged the garages and residences above, but no one was injured.

       Firefighters work the scene of a blaze Wednesday on the 700 block of Whalom Lane in Schaumburg. The fire severely damaged the garages and residences above, but no one was injured.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • No one was hurt in Wednesday night's fire on the 700 block of Whalom Lane in Schaumburg.

       No one was hurt in Wednesday night's fire on the 700 block of Whalom Lane in Schaumburg.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters estimate Wednesday night's blaze caused $75,000 in damage to a townhouse building on the 700 block of Whalom Lane in Schaumburg.

       Firefighters estimate Wednesday night's blaze caused $75,000 in damage to a townhouse building on the 700 block of Whalom Lane in Schaumburg.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • A fire started in a Schaumburg townhouse garage Wednesday night and ultimately displaced two families.

       A fire started in a Schaumburg townhouse garage Wednesday night and ultimately displaced two families.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • A firefighter works the scene of a blaze on the 700 block of Whalom Lane in Schaumburg Wednesday night.

       A firefighter works the scene of a blaze on the 700 block of Whalom Lane in Schaumburg Wednesday night.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • The cause of Wednesday night's fire on the 700 block of Whalom Lane in Schaumburg is under investigation.

       The cause of Wednesday night's fire on the 700 block of Whalom Lane in Schaumburg is under investigation.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 

A fire that started in a Schaumburg garage Wednesday night displaced two families in a three-unit townhouse building, fire officials said.

A passer-by noticed a car on fire within a garage on the 700 block of Whalom Lane and called firefighters about 7:20 p.m., Schaumburg Batallion Chief Rick Anderson said.

When firefighters arrived, the blaze had spread into a utility room, the second floor and the attic.

All residents were able to get out of the building, and nobody was injured. Two of the units were uninhabitable Wednesday night, Anderson said.

Damage is estimated at $75,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said.

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