For immediate release, April 15, 2022

Fire Damages Eastside Home in Elgin

600 Block of Dover

Elgin, IL – On Friday, April 15, 2022, at just after 9:30 a.m., members of the Elgin Fire Department responded to the 600 block of Dover Drive for a report of a possible structure fire. While en route to the fire, crews were informed that someone may still be in the home.
Responding fire companies found the entire front portion of a two story home on fire with fire extending into the attic spaces.  The first crew arrived on scene in approximately three and a half minutes.  Fire crews immediately extinguished the exterior part of the fire that was blocking the front door. They then quickly entered the home, went to the second floor, located, and removed the person still inside.  One other occupant jumped from a second floor window prior to the arrival of the Fire Department. Both patients were transported to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries. The fire was brought under control approximately forty minutes after the arrival of the Fire Department. The home suffered extensive fire and smoke damage. Initial damage estimates are in excess of $200,000.
There were no firefighter injuries due to the fire. Hanover Township Emergency Services provided assistance on the scene.  Fire Departments from South Elgin, Rutland-Dundee, Algonquin, Huntley, and Fox River provided station coverage and handled several incidents during the fire. The home was red-tagged as it is uninhabitable and Code Enforcement was notified for follow-up. Initial indications show the cause of the fire was accidental, the Elgin Fire Department Fire Investigation Team is investigating.

For more information, please contact: B/C Dick Cummings at 847-931-6183.

A Tip from Chief Cagann:

Make sure you have properly installed and maintained smoke detectors in your home and/or business. Smoke detectors are the first line of defense during a fire event. Test smoke detectors each month and make a habit of changing the batteries twice a year, like when you change your clocks.
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