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Firefighters work an exterior wall while responding fire 16100 block Codo Drive Monday Dec. 19 2011 Homer Township. | Matthew

Firefighters work on an exterior wall while responding to a fire in the 16100 block of Codo Drive Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in Homer Township. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 21, 2012 8:18AM



A single-family home sustained extensive damage, but no one was injured when a fire broke out Monday in the 16100 block of Codo Drive in unincorporated Homer Township, a fire official said.

The home was left uninhabitable, according to Homer Township Fire Protection District Capt. Troy Essenburg, who estimated the blaze caused at least $200,000 in damages.

Firefighters got a call about 4:20 p.m. about a car fire in the driveway, Essenburg said. When firefighters arrived, a two-car garage was blazing, and the fire already had made its way to the house, he said. After the attic caught fire, the blaze spread quickly, he said.

All the family members who were home when the fire started got out safely, Essenburg said. He was uncertain how many children the family has.

The home is in an area of the district where there are no fire hydrants, Essenburg said, so more water tanker trucks had be called in.

Whether the fire actually started with the car had not yet been determined as of 9 p.m. Monday, Essenburg said. Investigators still were on the scene.

Staff reports



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