Fire leaves Woodstock home uninhabitable

No injuries reported in Saturday fire

No injuries were reported Saturday, but a house was left uninhabitable after a fire at 17106 Garden Valley Road in Woodstock.

The cause of the fire still is under investigation, but Marengo Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Don Davidson said there was nothing suspicious about it.

Emergency crews responded about 11:11 a.m.

“We arrived at the scene and flames were coming through the roof,” he said. “Two crews went in, had a very quick and very good knockdown.”

Davidson said it appears that the fire started in the garage, then got into the attic and started traveling very fast from there.

“That’s where it burned through the roof,” Davidson said. “There were flames 10 feet in the air coming through the roof.”

A damage estimate was not immediately available, but Davidson said it was “significant.”

Along with the fire burning through the roof, the kitchen also caved into the basement.

Although the initial knockout of the fire took 20 minutes or less, there were a lot of hot spots for crews to deal with.

The two occupants of the one-story house got out safely.

The American Red Cross was called, but the occupants have family members who could take care of them as well, Davidson said.

Multiple agencies assisted in responding to the fire, including Marengo Fire Protection District, the Union Fire Protection District, Woodstock Fire/Rescue District, Harvard Fire Protection District, Boone County Fire Protection District, Capron Rescue, Hampshire Fire Protection District, Huntley Fire Protection District, Belvidere Fire Department and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

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