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Lake in the Hills man charged with arson after house fire

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 9:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:09 a.m. CDT

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A Lake in the Hills man has been charged with aggravated arson after a fire left his house uninhabitable Tuesday night.

Wesley P. Streit Jr., 18, of 1125 Patton Ave., Lake in the Hills, initially was arrested Tuesday on charges of criminal damage to property by use of fire, a Class 3 felony, according to a notice from the Lake in the Hills Police Department.

On Wednesday morning, however, the charge was upgraded to aggravated arson, a Class X felony, Lake in the Hills Police Deputy Chief Mary Frake said.

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District was called around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday for a residential structure fire at 1125 Patton Ave. Lt. Bill Pelinski said firefighters contained the blaze, which Frake said engulfed the back of the house, within 15 minutes of arrival.

Three individuals inside the home already were outside by the time firefighters arrived, Pelinski said. An adult female was transported for precautionary reasons, he said.

The upgraded charge was decided upon after "further review with the state's attorney [Wednesday] morning," Frake said, adding the decision was based on damage to the structure, in addition to the fact that there were two other people in the house.

Firefighters deemed the house uninhabitable, although the fire was contained to the interior. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Pelinski said.

Departments from Carpentersville, Cary, Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove and Huntley assisted Algonquin-Lake in the Hills firefighters.

Frake said Streit was in custody in the McHenry County Jail.

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