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No injuries reported in Aurora house fire

Firefighters were scene about 4:30 p.m. Sunday house fire 2300 block Larkspur Court Aurora.Three fire trucks an ambulance police car

Firefighters were on the scene at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday of a house fire in the 2300 block of Larkspur Court in Aurora.Three fire trucks, an ambulance and a police car responded to the scene of the two-story house fire. A report on the incident was not av

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Updated: January 18, 2013 6:16AM

A family of six evacuated safely after a fire broke out in their two-story single family residence, Aurora fire officials said.

Aurora firefighters were dispatched at 4:14 p.m. Sunday to the 2300 block of Larkspur Court where they found fire coming out of the chimney.

Battalion Chief Michael McCue said two adults and their four children, ages 7, 5, 3 and 4-months old exited the house before their arrival.

McCue said 12 firefighters were on the scene and extinguished the fire within 10 minutes. “There was some type of fault in the fireplace,” McCue said, adding it was uncertain if it is a wood-burning or gas log fireplace.

McCue said the fire was mostly contained to a living room that had been converted from the structure’s original attached garage, but some of the fire did enter into the attic above the room and ran across the roof line.

The rest of the house sustained minor smoke damage. The family went to stay with a relative, McCue said. The estimated damage was $40,000 to the structure and contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Kendall County

Kendall County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Longbeach Elementary School at about 10:25 a.m. Friday in Oswego Township on a report of a student displaying a pocket knife to other students in a restroom. Deputies said the knife was not displayed in a threatening manner but it was confiscated from the youth. The sheriff’s office referred the case to Juvenile Court Services.

Kendall County Sheriff’s deputies are alerting residents of a winner’s sweepstakes scam that attempts to entice people by leaving a telephone voice message that they won money. Sheriff’s deputies said an Oswego Township resident was told last week that they would need to meet a representative and pay money before they could collect their winnings. “The public is advised to be alert to this type of scam,” police said.


Richard L. Gaines, 47, of the 200 block of Superior Circle, Bartlett, was charged at 9:28 p.m. Dec. 17 with felony driving on a suspended license and illegal transportation of alcohol at Kirk Road and Hubbard Avenue, Batavia police said.

Raymundo Hernandez, 56, of the 1500 block of N. Liberty St., Aurora, was charged at 5:41 p.m. Dec. 9 with drunken driving, DUI over the 0.08 legal limit, improper backing and driving without a valid driver’s license at Kirk Road and Lathem St., Batavia police said.


Somone stole a laptop computer and a palm pilot, worth $1,250, sometime between 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday, from an unlocked vehicle in the 4600 block of McClaren Drive, police said.

One person was injured in a two-car crash at 8:38 p.m. Wednesday near Madison and Washington streets, police said. Debra Manow, 55, 4200 block of Shady Trail Court, Naperville, was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora for treatment of minor injuries, police said. The other driver, Jesus Ferrer, 22, 400 block of Parker Avenue, Aurora, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, police said.

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