Residents displaced after house fire in Elgin

Elgin residents have been displaced from their home after a fire Monday night in the 500 block of Miller Drive.

A resident of the home called firefighters about 11:30 p.m. Monday after hearing a loud explosion outside and seeing the exterior of the home had caught fire, officials said. The explosion was caused by the tire of a car catching on fire in the driveway, officials said.

Elgin police responded to the scene and confirmed all the residents were out of the house. Soon after, firefighters arrived and began extinguishing the fire on the car and home, officials said.

Firefighters also entered the home and rescued a dog that was in a cage while others fought a blaze that had started on the interior of the house, officials said.

The house was damaged extensively and the car was destroyed, officials said. The total damage is estimated at $80,000.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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