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updated: 2/1/2018 5:53 PM

Kitchen fire displaces Elgin family

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By Christopher Hacker
Daily Herald Correspondent

A family was forced to leave their home in Elgin Thursday afternoon after a kitchen fire left it uninhabitable, officials said.

Fire officials arrived to find smoke coming from the single-family ranch-style home on the 200 block of South Clifton just minutes after the family fled and called 911. Responders quickly determined the fire began in the kitchen and brought the blaze under control about 10 minutes later, according to fire officials.

No injuries were reported, but the total damage was estimated to be approximately $80,000 to the building and its contents. The family was able to retrieve some belongings from the damaged house, and found temporary housing with relatives, officials said.

Fire investigators from the Elgin Fire Department are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

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