Wonder Lake chimney fire damages home

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 9:34 p.m. CDT

WONDER LAKE – A fire that spread from a basement fireplace up two floors to an attic Thursday night left a Wonder Lake home uninhabitable.

The Wonder Lake Fire Protection District received a call just before 7 p.m. for a structure fire at 3314 E. Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake.

After arriving, firefighters were able to put out the fire on the first and second floors, but called for help from surrounding departments when the fire spread to the attic, said Mike Weber, deputy chief of Wonder Lake Fire.

Two residents and a dog escaped without injury.

Wonder Lake Fire Chief Skip Sorensen said one of the house's residents had fallen asleep with the fire going. When he awoke, the fire had spread to the walls surrounding the fireplace.

It spread up a floor through the chimney, eventually reaching the attic, Sorensen said.

"The guys stopped it before it started going across the attic," Sorensen said. "Kudos to the crew, that's for sure."

Emergency units from Richmond, Hebron, Spring Grove, Woodstock, McHenry, Crystal Lake, Fox Lake, Nunda, Twin Lakes, Wis., Cary and Marengo responded, Weber said.

–Shawn Shinneman

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