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Fire sweeps through Downers Grove house

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  • A malfunctioning furnace triggered a fire Thursday morning that swept through a Downers Grove house. No injuries were reported.

      A malfunctioning furnace triggered a fire Thursday morning that swept through a Downers Grove house. No injuries were reported.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • No injuries were reported Thursday when fire swept through a Downers Grove house. Family members had escaped the blaze even before firefighters arrived.

      No injuries were reported Thursday when fire swept through a Downers Grove house. Family members had escaped the blaze even before firefighters arrived.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
By Miles Dobis
mdobis@dailyherald.com

No injuries were reported Thursday morning when fire swept through a large two-story house on the 4300 block of Downers Drive in Downers Grove.

A furnace malfunction in the home's attached garage triggered the blaze, authorities said. The fire caused extensive damage and residents were not allowed to re-enter

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Firefighters said they received a 911 call at 5:23 a.m. for a fire in the home's garage. When they arrived, thick, black smoke was pouring from the house and had spread through the neighborhood. Flames were visible through the windows.

The homeowners' daughter alerted other family members inside and all residents had escaped by the time firefighters arrived. The house was declared uninhabitable because of the widespread damage.

Firefighters said the fire was out by 6 a.m., but crews remained on the scene to assist the homeowners.

Downers Grove firefighters were assisted by the village's police and code enforcement departments as well as fire crews from Lisle-Woodridge, Westmont and York Center.

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