Thursday morning fire causes $50K in damage


Patrick Murphy | Northern Star

DeKalb Fire Department vehicle drives down Lucinda Ave.

Northern Star Staff

DeKALB – A structure fire early Thursday morning has left one DeKalb resident with sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to a Thursday City of DeKalb news release.

Around 12:07 a.m. Thursday, a neighbor noticed fire spreading up the top of a next-door house in the 500 block of West Taylor St. and called 911. When the DeKalb Fire Department arrived, they found fire venting out a window and the resident standing outside.

The resident required medical attention and was treated and transported to Northwestern Medicine-Kishwaukee Hospital, 1 Kish Hospital Drive, with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the news release. Two cats were also found in the home but didn’t survive.

The home was deemed uninhabitable and sustained moderate fire and heavy smoke damage. The fire department estimates that the fire caused $50,000 in damages. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it started in the basement of the house, according to the release.

Cortland Fire Department, Malta Fire Department, Maple Park Fire Department, Shabbona Fire Department and Sycamore Fire Departments also assisted in putting out the fire.