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Fire destroys Woodstock home

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 11:11 p.m. CDT
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(Kyle Grillot – kgrillot@shawmedia.com)
Remains are seen Thursday of an uninhabitable Woodstock residence. An overnight fire destroyed the single-family home. Crews were called to the 16700 block of Garden Valley Road at 12:30 a.m. for a report of a structure fire, fire officials said.

WOODSTOCK – A fire killed a dog and destroyed a single-family home in Woodstock early Thursday morning, according to the Woodstock Fire Rescue District.

Crews were called to 16706 Garden Valley Road around 12:30 a.m. for a report of a structure fire, according to Woodstock Deputy Fire Chief Terry Menzel. Firefighters arrived to find a two-story, single-family residence fully engulfed in flames.

One man was home at the time of the fire and was not injured, but a pit bull died.

It took firefighters roughly three hours to extinguish the blaze, and crews remained on the scene until 7 a.m. as they continued to battle hot spots from the fire, Menzel said.

The house was a “total loss” as a result of the fire, Menzel said, adding the blaze likely started in the center of the house on the second floor.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation, but a wood-burning stove was on and three space heaters were working to heat the house Wednesday night, Menzel said.

The home’s smoke detectors were being replaced and were not functional, Menzel said.

Because the area lacked fire hydrants, several other departments were called in to battle the blaze, fire officials said. The frigid temperatures also caused some issues for firefighters transporting water to the scene.

Firefighters from Union, Huntley, Marengo, Crystal Lake, Cary, Richmond, Fox Lake, McHenry, Nunda, Wonder Lake, Wauconda, Spring Grove, Hebron and Algonquin assisted on the call.

No firefighters were hurt during the incident.

• Jim Dallke and Lawerence Synett

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