Jul 28, 2014
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Fire Destroys Garage, Damages House

The blaze started in the garage, but the source is still under investigation, Joliet Fire Capt. Dave House said.

Fire Destroys Garage, Damages House Fire Destroys Garage, Damages House

A family lost their detached garage and the Jeep inside in a late Tuesday afternoon fire, the source of which is still under investigation.

The fire in the 6900 block of West Grantham Drive was detected shortly after 5 p.m., and required about 16 to get it under control within a half hour, Capt. Dave House said Tuesday night.

While the damage was contained to home's garage, the heat was strong enough to peel the siding from the home.

A resident who was on the scene as firefighters put out the fire and with investigators as they combed through the ruins, said he did not know the source of the fire but speculated it could have been the Jeep. The family has owned the home for six years, the resident said.

The garage is considered a total loss, and House pegged the total damage at about $30,000.

An investigator on the scene said the Jeep would be towed for further examination. Because the garage roof had collapsed, the building will likely be demolished quickly, he said.

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