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No injuries reported in Waukegan apartment fire

Burnt debris from apartment 2140 Georgetown Lane Waukegan is scattered  ground. The cause fire is under investigation. | Frank

Burnt debris from the apartment at 2140 Georgetown Lane, Waukegan, is scattered on the ground. The cause of the fire is under investigation. | Frank Abderholden/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 17, 2014 11:23AM

A family of four and their dog escaped unharmed from a fire that destroyed their apartment this week in Waukegan because they had working smoke detectors.

But there was a slight delay in calling 911 as family members tried to fight the second-floor bedroom fire with buckets of water and a fire extinguisher, according to Michael Scholle, fire marshall with the Waukegan Fire Department.

The department received a 911 call from the resident reporting a bedroom fire Wednesday at 1:18 p.m. at 2140 Georgetown Lane, and when they arrived the fire had already vented itself by cracking a large window on the second floor. Firefighters poured water through the broken window before making an interior attack on the fire.

The fire destroyed the townhome and also damaged an adjoining townhome that was unoccupied.

“The guys knocked it down really fast and kept the extension of the fire (to the apartment next door) to a mimium,” said Scholle.

“The residents delayed calling 911 as they tried to fight the fire a little bit with buckets of water and a fire extinguisher,” he said.

All the family members and their dog got out safely and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The American Red Cross was notified in case the family needed assistance in finding a temporary place to live.

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