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Huge House Fire Causes $1 Million in Damage

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An enormous blaze in rural Woodstock March 3 destroyed a house and caused an estimated $1 million in damage, authorities said.

Crews from 14 area fire departments, including the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District, responded to the house fire at 120 Shannon Drive. No one was injured in the blaze.

A neighbor called 911 to report the fire at 7:43 p.m., according to a press release from WFRD. No one was home when the fire broke out.WFRD firefighters fight a blaze at 120 Shannon Drive March 3. Photo: Alex Vucha/WFRD

Authorities said the fire was well-involved by the time crews arrived on the scene. Firefighters remained overnight to monitor for additional fires and to conduct an investigation. 

Extinguishing concluded at 9 a.m. the following day. Crews were not able to access remaining parts of the structure due to the amount of damage, “making the process of overhaul extremely difficult,” WFRD Captain Brendan Parker said.

A trailer parked in the driveway received heat damage, but no surrounding structures were affected, according to Parker. 

The fire does not appear to be suspicious. An investigation concluded that the blaze possibly started in the basement. The home is a total loss and the initial damage estimates are $1 million, according to the press release. 

Because there were no fire hydrants in the area, the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System was activated to provide WFRD with assistance, including water tenders and additional firefighters.