Fire damages home in Homer Township; no one injured
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org December 21, 2012 4:08PM
Firefighters work on the home that had a fire at 16552 W. McDonald Drive in Lockport, IL on Friday December 21, 2012. No one was hurt in the fire. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 22, 2012 1:32AM
HOMER TOWNSHIP — Fire spread from an attached garage to damage a house Friday afternoon, but no one was injured in the blaze.
Capt. Edward McCormack said residents were home when the blaze began at 1:05 p.m. in the 16500 block of West McDonald Drive, but were able to escape.
An ATV parked inside the garage was destroyed and firefighters were on the scene for two hours.
Chief Bob Tutko said the cause of the fire remained undetermined Friday afternoon, but looks to have started near where the ATV was hooked up to a battery charger.
He said the quick response of his firefighters helped prevent further damage, and a steel entry door between the garage and the house helped slow the spread of the fire.
Still, the fire caused an estimated $500,000 damage to the home, which was valued at $1.5 million, he said.
Firefighters were able to salvage the Christmas presents for the family, who have another place to stay for the holidays, Tutko said.