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Cat dies; fire causes more than $350K in damage in Channahon

Investigators declared home uninhabitable after Tuesday night blaze

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A family pet died and a home was declared uninhabitable after a residential fire Tuesday night in Channahon.

Firefighters responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a structure fire just before 5:25 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Zapata Lane in Channahon, according to a news release from the Channahon Fire Protection District.

When crews arrived, they found a small single-story wood-frame residence with fire visible from the outside. Neighbors alerted the home's occupants, a woman and teenage boy, and helped them safely evacuate. One of their cats was rescued, and one died, despite resuscitative efforts.

There was heat and smoke damage throughout the home's first level, and the basement sustained water and smoke damage. Crews got the fire under control just before 6 p.m.

The fire's cause was undetermined but likely accidental, and the investigation continued Wednesday. The blaze caused more than $350,000 in damage, and the home was considered uninhabitable, the release stated.

The Channahon fire chaplain and American Red Cross were working with the family since Tuesday.

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