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Fire causes $400,000 in damage to Hoffman Estates home

Updated: October 11, 2012 12:03PM

A fire Wednesday afternoon rendered a northwest suburban home uninhabitable and caused about $400,000 in damage.

A neighbor reported the fire at 915 Basswood St. in Hoffman Estates about 1:50 p.m., according to the Hoffman Estates Fire Department.

When firefighters got to the two-story, single family home, they found smoke and fire showing from the second floor. A primary search found it clear of the residents and three lines were used to bring the fire under control within about 15 minutes, Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Robert Gorvett said.

Extensive overhaul was required though, since the fire traveled to many concealed spaces throughout the home, and firefighters had to remove drywall in order to make sure that fire wasn’t hiding in these spaces, he said.

The initial loss estimate was $400,000. The home had working smoke detectors but was not equipped with a sprinkler system.

While the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, investigators found it “started at the ceiling level of the lower level of the house,” Gorvett said. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the fire started with some lighting or electrical work.

Because of where the fire was in the ceiling, “it burned for some time” before it was detected, Gorvett said. This also caused part of the floor on the second level to collapse, he said.

With the floor collapse and substantial fire damage, in addition to smoke and water damage, throughout the home, it was left uninhabitable, Gorvett said.

No injuries were reported.

Fire department personnel from Schaumburg and Streamwood assisted at the scene.

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