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Jul 04

Fire completely destroys garage, apartment near Burlington

BURLINGTON – A six-car garage and an upstairs apartment near Burlington were destroyed after a fire late Monday.

Burlington Community Fire Protection District were called about 11 p.m. to 10 N. 634 McGough Road in unincorporated Burlington and found flames burning through the roof of a six-car garage that was “completely engulfed,” Burlington Fire Chief Craig White said. Flames also had spread to a 20-foot breezeway connected to the main house.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control by about 3 a.m., and never let it spread past the garage and breezeway, using 18 tankers and 45,000 gallons of water, White said. Firefighters remained on the scene until about 5 a.m.

The people in the home were evacuated before crews arrived, White said. No one was injured.

The homeowners also were able to move four vehicles that were inside the garage before major damage occurred, White said.  

White said the fire originated from a utility vehicle parked in front of the garage that was burned to down to the frame, based on an eyewitness account. The fire then spread to the garage and the apartment above, which White said had housed a family.

White said because of the extent of damage to the utility vehicle, the exact cause of the fire was undetermined, but he said fireworks were not the cause of the blaze.

“It’s just one of those situations where we’ll never know,” White said.

White said he did not have an estimated cost for damage.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Department did not immediately return calls requesting more details about the fire.

The Burlington Community Fire Protection District had assistance from 16 other fire departments, including DeKalb, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, South Elgin, Sugar Grove, Fox River, Cortland, West Dundee, Octavia, Marengo, Sycamore, Elburn, Elgin and Huntley, White said.

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