Arlington Heights fire causes $100,000 in damage

Updated 12/21/2011 12:08 AM

An Arlington Heights fire has forced residents from their home and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, according to fire officials.

Firefighters responded to the 900 block of West Lynnwood Avenue just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and found smoke billowing from a ranch house, said Arlington Heights fire Cmdr. Tom Zerfass.


Fire officials said the blaze caused heavy fire damage to a living room, but the structure itself was not badly damaged.

About 25 firefighters from Arlington Heights, Palatine and Buffalo Grove put the fire out within about 10 minutes of arriving, Zerfass said.

No one was home when the fire started, and crews forced their way into the smoke-filled house through a side door, Zerfass said.

No one was injured in the fire, but a pet bird died. Firefighters saved a pet turtle.

The cause of the fire, which left the home uninhabitable, remained under investigation Tuesday night.

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