No cause determined yet in home garage fire
May 7, 2013 4:20PM
Updated: June 9, 2013 6:29AM
Garage fire: The cause of a garage fire that snarled rush-hour traffic at Randall Road and Route 72 on Monday evening remained undetermined on Tuesday. Fire Chief Rick Thomas of the Rutland & Dundee Townships Fire Protection District said the fire broke out inside the attached garage at 16N530 Highland Drive sometime before 4:12 p.m. while no one was home. A passerby noticed smoke and called 911 from a cellphone, but the garage was full of flames by the time firefighters arrived. Thomas said damage was limited to the garage area except for smoke damage to the main part of the house. Route 72 was closed off to traffic between Randall Road and Galvin Drive for about 90 minutes as firetrucks brought in water to the block, which is just outside the Elgin city limits. Six fire departments assisted with the fight.
Falling child OK: A 1-year-old child who fell from a three-story-high balcony Monday was not seriously injured, and no criminal charges are expected, a police spokesman said Tuesday. The fall occurred about 3 p.m. in the 1100 block of Ash Drive, police said.
Teens charged in car burglary: Jorge D. Toribio, 17, of the 0-100 block of National Street, and William C. Lauterberg, 17, of the 0-100 block of Jackson Street, both of Elgin, were charged with Class 2 counts of burglary. They are accused of entering cars parking on Wellington Avenue on Monday. According to police, the two teens are accused of entering five cars in the early morning hours. Bail was set at $5,000 for each, and they were given a May 10 court date.