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$65,000 damage from Elgin house fire

Four people who fled late-night fire 632 JeffersAve. Elgconfer with firefighters after blaze was extinguished Wednesday night. | David Gathman~Sun-Times

Four people who fled a late-night fire at 632 Jefferson Ave. in Elgin confer with firefighters after the blaze was extinguished Wednesday night. | David Gathman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 6, 2013 6:16AM

ELGIN — Damage has been estimated at $65,0000 from a late-night fire that gutted the second floor of a home on Elgin’s east side Wednesday.

Battalion Chief Tim Michaels of the Elgin Fire Department said four people were home at 632 Jefferson Ave., just east of Liberty Street, when they noticed the second floor was burning about 10:30 p.m. When firefighters from Elgin and Hoffman Estates arrived, flames could be seen inside the upstairs windows.

Michaels said the four people escaped unhurt. He said the fire started in a front bedroom and was limited to the second floor. It was struck out in about an hour.

Thursday afternoon, Battalion Chief Bryan McMahan said damage has been estimated at $50,000 to the house and $15,000 to the contents.

The house is temporarily uninhabitable.

McMahan said investigators who worked through the night have not yet reported their conclusion about how the blaze started.

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