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Fire causes $450,000 in damage to St. Charles building

Updated: February 7, 2014 6:25AM

ST. CHARLES — A building with rental units sustained an estimated $450,000 in damage from a fire Sunday morning, authorities said.

At 5:38 a.m., the firefighters responded to a report of an odor of smoke in the building at 828 S. Third St. Firefighters found heavy fire in the basement, authorities said, and flames were found to have spread rapidly to the first floor.

Due to the size of the fire, and the difficult weather conditions, the alarm was upgrade to a second-level MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System), bringing additional assistance to the scene, according to a release from the St. Charles Fire Department.

The fire was extinguished in about three hours, the release stated, but firefighters were still on the scene Sunday afternoon completing overhaul operations and conducting the fire investigation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

There were three occupants in one of the rental units at the time of the fire, and they were able to get out on their own and call 911, authorities said. There were no injuries to firefighters or the occupants.

The loss is estimated at $350,000 to the structure and $100,000 to the contents, authorities said.

St. Charles firefighters were assisted by the Geneva, Batavia, Elburn, West Chicago, South Elgin, Bartlett, Fermilab and Fox River fire departments. The Elgin, Burlington and Wheaton fire departments provided coverage while St. Charles units were committed to the fire.

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