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Woodstock fire displaces two residents

Deputy chief thanks other departments for filling in during Wurtz's funeral

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 9:43 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 9:54 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Two residents were displaced after a fire started in their townhouse Tuesday afternoon.

Around 2:45 p.m., a neighbor reported smoke coming from the home at 1165 Greenwood Circle in Woodstock. When firefighters arrived flames were coming from the second floor bedroom, where the fire is believed to have started, according to Woodstock Deputy Fire Chief Terry Menzel.

A husband and wife were displaced to a local motel but were not injured. The fire gutted the upstairs bedroom and there was minimal water damage throughout the home, Menzel said. The fire caused approximately $20,000 in damage and is currently under investigation, he said.

One cat was killed in the blaze, and another was rescued.

No other townhouses were damaged by the fire.

While the fire took place in Woodstock, none of the Woodstock firefighters could respond to the incident as they were attending fellow firefighter Mike Wurtz's funeral Tuesday. Menzel said Woodstock planned ahead to have the other county firefighters cover the town, and he praised the other departments, which covered 16 calls from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., for their support.

"An outpouring of support came from the county fire chiefs," Menzel said. "To step up and send vehicles, and they partook in [Wurtz's funeral] by representing their different departments, nobody ever said no."

"They still covered their calls and gave us the support we needed. It was great."

Crews from Huntley, Hebron, Wonder Lake, Richmond, Cary, Union, McHenry, Nunda rural, Fox River Grove, and Marengo assisted on the call.

Menzel added that there was some difficulty finding a hydrant near the townhouse due to the amount of snow on the ground. He encourages residents to find their hydrants before a fire occurs and shovel at least two feet of snow away so firefighters can find it.

If residents can't find their hydrants or are unable to shovel them, they can call their public works department or the fire department, Menzel said.

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