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Officials continue to investigate suspicious fire in Cary

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:52 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:52 p.m. CDT

CARY – As fire investigators look into a suspicious fire in Cary that occurred over the weekend, authorities say that residents in the area of Hillcrest Road shouldn't be concerned.

"It's under investigation. The neighbors shouldn't have any concerns," Cary Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Macko said Tuesday, three days after the fire at 6303 Hillcrest Road in unincorporated Cary.

"We don't have an arsonist running loose in our neighborhood."

Macko stopped short of elaborating on how officials determined the fire "suspicious and intentionally set."

Officials haven't released the name of the 58-year-old man who was home when the fire began at 3:35 a.m. Saturday. He was the only person injured and was taken in fair condition to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Macko said the man was speaking and conscious at the time of his transport.

Efforts to extinguish the blaze were hampered by what officials described as hoarder conditions, with "large accumulations of possessions and debris."

The fire was put out in an hour, but the house sustained significant interior smoke damage and was determined to be uninhabitable.

The blaze is being investigated by the fire department in Cary and Illinois State Fire Marshal.

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