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Fire damages vacant Elgin home

Elgin Fire Department

A fire caused $5,000 worth of damage to a vacant home Wednesday afternoon in northwest suburban Elgin.

Crews were called to the fire at a house in the 600 block of Cooper Avenue at 3:25 p.m., according to a statement from the Elgin Fire Department. They arrived to find smoke coming from the first floor and immediately entered the home.

The fire was under control within 9 minutes, fire officials said. The house was vacant at the time and no one was injured.

The homeowner told investigators the house had recently been purchased for $60,000, and the damage caused by the fire was estimated at about $5,000, the fire department said. The house was rendered uninhabitable as a result of the blaze.

The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation, the fire department said.